The next morning, we were at Suzette's house at 8 am, dropping off The Boy and packing in The Crawfords. Dakota was extremely excited about spending the day with Zachary, which made it much easier...I was afraid he would feel left out. That was not the case at all! Plus, we're going to plan a canoeing trip that we can all go on.
The drive was uneventful, which is just how I like it. There were waves and people laughing and talking and then quiet again. We passed through Hollywood and I waved in the general direction of Dad and Rosie :) Chattanooga traffic wasn't horrible and we made great time.
We got to Quest and got signed in, looked at their gift shop, signed our waivers.
We went to eat our lunch that they provided in this particular special. I expected pre-made sandwiches with stale bread (school lunch flashbacks?) and was pleasantly surprised! It was a wonderful spread of breads, tortillas, deli meats, and all the fixings. Oh, and homemade cookies and cupcakes. It was delicious! And everyone was so kind, asking us if we needed anything else. I was quite impressed.
We had a little down time before things started. I, along with all of the kiddos, have never been rafting before so there was lots of excitement! We slathered sun block on and waited for things to start.
Then it was time to gather, discuss some safety, collect out gear and load up on a bus that would take us up to the drop off point. It was a very exciting bus ride, laughing and talking and making jokes. Bobby said we had been down that road before and nowhere in my brain did that make sense...even after he said that that was the way we went to Tellico Plains. But then I saw something that I remembered and very loudly admitted that he was right and I was wrong. People cheered and he knuckle bumped several men. Evidently this was a big step for men everywhere! Haha!
We got to the drop off point, they unloaded the rafts, we got up with our guides and started going over the basics of how to sit, feet placement, rowing, etc. Then we got lined up and into the water. To be honest, it wasn't as big and bad as I imagined it would be. There were some rough spots and we got soaked, but it was fun...not scary. Brit and Chan rode with me and Bobby and every time I looked at them, they had the biggest smiles on their faces. Our guide was awesome! I can totally see us hanging out sometime...so we're now facebook friends! Hahaha :) I brought a waterproof camera with me and am waiting...not so patiently...for those to come in. Did you know you don't get negatives anymore? They put your photos on a CD now. Cool! That's how long it's been since I got film developed :)
When we got back, Beth and Richard were waiting on us! It was SO good to see them and on her birthday too!
Ah, it was SO much fun and I loved sharing the experience with some of my favorite people! I can't wait to go back! There's talk of going for Father's Day! :)