Whitewater rafting has been an activity I’ve wanted to do forever, but have never found the time. I decided this would be the summer I’d finally do it and headed to the Tieton River, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Yakima in the town of Naches.
I went with Osprey Rafting Co. and met at their location with a few dozen other people. We got suited up and were shuttled to the spot where the rafts were put in. We wore a wet suit, booties, jacket, life vest, and helmet to keep us safe and somewhat warm.
After a quick safety talk on what to do and what not to do while rafting, we were assigned our raft and leader. He told us his expectations of the river that day and showed us some basic paddling moves. It was time to get in the river!
I decided to be in the front for the best views and so I could try to capture the experience on my GoPro. I also like to see what’s coming if I’m doing something new instead of being in the back and hearing people ahead of me scream.
Our guide skillfully guided us through the river where we were given instructions of when to paddle and when to rest. Once we realized we were more comfortable with the trip, the fun began.
We went through some pretty big waves that got us completely soaked. Surprisingly, the water was decently warm. The only cold part was the wind blowing through our clothes on the dry parts of the rafting trip.
Halfway through the trip, I felt a really sharp pain on the inside of my foot. We were wearing booties so I couldn’t think what would be feeling so painful, but when I pulled my foot out of the foot strap I saw that a bee rolled over and died! Of all places to get stung, I did not think it would be in the water going down a river at a fast pace.
One of the best parts of the trip was going down a dam. It looked a lot bigger from far away, but it was still fun to go down a sudden drop. Luckily, everyone stayed in the boat!
Overall the trip was about two and a half hours, which is the perfect amount of time to explore the river. We were on class III rapids, so I’m ready for more extreme rapids next year!
This post was sponsored by Osprey Rafting Co and Yakima Valley Tourism, but all opinions are my own.
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