September 5, 2007 Edition

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More than expected

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

This Labor Day I took my first float trip. I have been trying to talk my husband into taking canoeing for several years, but he has refused, saying that my lack of coordination would kill us both.

When we were invited on a float trip, with his cousins, I took the opportunity to nag about never having been and about how much safer it is in a raft than a canoe. With a little help, I convinced him.

We all expected Spring River to be over crowded, boat-to-boat and thick with drunk floaters, but we were surprised. As we pulled in to Many Islands to park, we noticed that there were not many vehicles. When we boarded the bus with only three other groups, I was shocked and a little disappointed. I was really looking forward to playing bumper boats on the river.

Clint had warned me about how much work is required to navigate bends and rapids on Spring River. I was just excited to be going, so I was determined to prove him wrong. He was impressed after I rowed for six hours without once complaining~ I even impressed myself.

We had a great time, even though the river was down and we had to push our raft at several places. One of the guys with us has floated the river for several years with his family and said it was a four-hour trip. It took us eight. We argued quite a bit about whether to stop and fish or stop and swim. The guys were all for fishing, but we girls weren't interested at all. I will say one thing, floating is definitely a team effort, and not a feat to be taken on with any but the closest of friends.

All in all, I enjoyed my first float trip and can't wait until next summer so I can go again!

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