It’s our last day in Tahoe. It’s just us girls. I promised Boo that today we would go rafting down the Truckee River. We got up early and headed into Tahoe City around 10:00am so we’d be one of the early ones. The river rafting companies wouldn’t let us go…..because apparently you need two adults on each boat. Determined to keep my promise, we trekked across the bridge over the river, crossed the highway…..and bought our own boat. I’m not the strongest person in the world and with the boat, the oars, our huge bag of lunch, drinks, Boo’s life preserver……I think I looked like an ant carrying 50 times it’s weight. Boo and I waited to cross over the highway so we could get back to the river access and cars on both sides stopped on the highway…..to let us pass. We must have looked that pitiful.
It was drizzling and 58 degrees and the water was freezing, but here we are….stoked and ready for our adventure:
As I was figuring out how I was going to steer this boat down the river it actually ended up being easier with one oar. Right away, we met the nicest family who had met up from Grass Valley and San Francisco. They were all tethered together and were jokingly making fun of our boat model. We had model 300 and they had model 400. I have to admit I did have boat envy for a brief moment…..but they didn’t have oars. I traded an oar for a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. (Hey, Float-illa the Hun, if you’re out there somewhere…..it was nice meeting you all!)
We brought enough food and drink for about 10 people. I was prepared for a 5 hour trip. Boo ate half of a watermelon in one sitting:
There were about 5 rapids but none were too bad. Honestly, I think our boat was much easier to control than the larger boats. The water was high and the current was really strong. I had to selectively find some small little coves for Boo to swim and play in. There was only one incident where a large boat of about 6 people couldn’t steer their boat and pinned Boo against a rock.
We found a large eddy to swim in for a while. The water circulates around and around so you don’t get pulled down-river. Boo pee’d behind a few bushes. Whenever we hit smooth water I would pull out my phone for a photo. I’m surprised I made it to the end with my phone dry.
We went 5 miles and it took us 3.5 hours. I’d do it again in a second.