Whitewater Rafting on the Nantahala River

It sounded like a good idea. A bunch of the guys get together and go whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River. We filled three rafts, with four of us and a guide in each raft. The best part (heh-heh) was that the rafting firm provided someone at key points to photograph us as we passed.

We came to a difficult section of the river that was a little higher than normal, though it was nothing that amateurs shouldn't be able to handle. Our raft volunteered to go first and...well, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Be sure to count the people in the raft carefully at each point.

Here are some adventurous souls ready
to challenge the Nantahala River.
(Check out the cool shades.)

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So you wanted to be the first raft to shoot this section of the river after heavy rains?
Brace yourselves!

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Whose feet are those in the air? (Hint: He gets paid to make sure we're safe.)
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The guide (in the red vest) takes a tumble, too. I thought they were experienced.
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"1, 2, 3, 4" Count 'em and weep. We lost one. He floated out from under the raft a little later...and didn't continue the trip.
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I have to confess that I was probably the source of the problem. I was bumped up from the raft and when I came down the fifth guy was shot up in the air. (It was just like jumping on a big inner tube.) The poor guy never had a chance. He floated out from underneath the raft after being trapped for several seconds. It was a two-day trip, but he elected to stay on shore the next day. Fortunately, we got the pictures.

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