As you drift along in the raft, the river sparkles, the sun warms your back, and the breeze cools your face. The trees and tall grass along the riverbed beckon you to admire them. Occasionally, you might use your paddle to move the raft along or steer gently. It is an opportunity to reflect on life like the sun’s rays on the water.

Along the way, the water becomes shallow in places, and where rocks and boulders become more plentiful and closer to the surface, the flow of the water changes. This is where the river hosts its white waters. The white water is powerful and beautiful and exciting. The turbulent water is also dangerous to those who do not understand and revere it or have a guide.

In the midst of the rapid waters, sometimes the people on one side of the raft must paddle like hell, while the people on the other side have to pull their oars completely out of the water. There are even times when it is necessary to paddle backwards. To keep the raft from capsizing, it is essential that everyone in the raft work together as a team, being willing to do the hard work or being willing to let go of the need to control things as necessary.

Although you may have been splashed or even soaked in the white waters, once the raft is gliding in the calm part of the river as it inevitably will again, the warm sun on your back feels especially comforting, and the cool breeze on your face is particularly refreshing. It is another opportunity to reflect on life like the sun’s rays on the water.

35 comments on “Ol’ Man River”

  1. Remind me to tell you about the time I got stuck in a canoe with the priest I just confessed all of my worst sins to. It was the first and last time I ever went canoeing (but your trip sounds like it was a lot of fun.)

  2. I’m too chicken to go white water rafting. I can’t even trust my hubby to drive the scooter without crashing us, how can I hope that he would get me down the river safely?

    Looks like you guys had a great time and fun was had by all.

  3. I have had fun white water rafting & it sounds like you had a great time too! We missed seeing you hanging around! In fact, just last night I wondered whether you ran off with Adam or were involved with a major encounter with the hawt doctor. You are still holding out on us but we did see a glimpse of you!

  4. there is some serious happiness in that boat. it looks like fun!

    i love water. it’s being a pisces.
    i don’t like “rapids” as much as i used to.
    i paddle backwards too much for my own good.
    i like to drift.
    luckily, i don’t have to do all of the paddling, just some of it.

    which is what i think you are saying too.

  5. I have only been rafting a couple of times, but…I love it!! You are just the most adventuristic (is that even a word?)family.
    but…when i first saw the picture, I immediately wondered if Keven Bacon was going to be in this post!?

  6. You forgot the part where the water takes over and drenches your whole body and the oar goes flying out of your hands as you are careening down stream. And then you cry.

    Oh wait, that was MY rafting adventure…

    Wimp who?

  7. went rafting once in colorado – was totally fun and very pretty. got a sun burn on the top of my thighs. nice picture – looks like you had a great time. and i like the way you wrote about it. more of an observational tone to it. like a short story.

  8. And when we tire of paddling, there are others in our raft who help us along. And when our sun-warmed bodies need a moment to relax, the water carries us on. And when it feels as if we are the only ones paddling, we realize how strong we really are. And when we look around at the passengers in our raft, we say a silent prayer of gratitude…

  9. You can learn a lot about a person while rafting, I imagine…or kayaking, as I know LOL! Love the imagery in this post, I felt like I was there 🙂

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