One of the must-do things for any adrenaline junkie in Zambia is to whitewater raft the Zambezi. As you heard last time Ryan, Thom and Eric (who announced a quarter way through the trip that he did not know how to swim) had a great time. The water was higher then and apparently the higher the water the smoother the ride, because there are fewer barriers that the water has to rush through.
I was planning to go this time but at the last moment got this strong gut feeling that I would be really banged up and bounced around and I’m not into pain. Sure enough, Thom came back with scratches and bruises all over so I’m glad I didn’t go. However, next August, when (hopefully) the whole gang and sundry girlfriends and taggers-along come, I’m definitely going to go — the water will be high (meaning if I fall out I won’t hit rocks) and Kevin promised me that if he, Thom, Alex and Ryan are paddling then I can just sit back and relax and not even lift a finger. I like that. I could get used to that.
This time we bought the professional photos. Thom and Kevin said the photos make the ride look way more intense than it really was. Yeah. Right. Like pictures lie.
Kevin is front left; Thom front right. Alpha males all the way.
Soon, they realized they needed one strong person in the front and one in the rear so they put a young woman up front (she’s front and center in the photo below) and Kevin moved to the back left to help with the rear.
If someone fell into this whirlpool where would they be spit up?
Where is everyone?
Zambezi style white-out. Think I prefer the Michigan ones.
The Jayne rescue service; Kevin pulling someone into the boat. Hope they eventually retrieve the one in the front that got away.
Just for fun, here’s another series. If you want the full impact of the photo click on it to enlarge.