I have several favorite new things this week. I discovered the magic of whitewater rafting and, I’m guessing, water sports in general, but I’ll have to report back on that after I try kayaking. Oh my god, it was without a doubt one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. Ben and I went with UCD’s Outdoor Adventures to the South Fork of the American River. We had a super knowledgeable guide named Scott and it was just the three of us in our raft, you know, just R3-ing down the American. (I pretended I knew what R3 meant for like all 4 hours we were on the river. It just means that’s how many people were in the raft.) Only having three made the raft much lighter than the others, which meant that we went differently over rapids and stuff but also meant that Ben & I were the only paddlers. It was great exercise, therefore, and I was tired at the end of the day. But I want to do it all the time now! Ben & I are going to take the Intro to Whitewater Kayaking as soon as we can. The whole experience with OA made me want to be a guide for land trips and maybe someday for rafting. It was so. much. fun.
I wish I had some pictures of the action-packed awesomeness of rafting, but it was actually really nice to leave my phone in the car for a day.
The other thing I’m psyched about this is my new (to me) bike! Old Blue got me through almost four whole years of living in Davis, but she’s been pretty squeaky and old lately. Ben’s dad, Dave, mentioned that he had an extra lady road bike hanging in his garage, and now she’s here in Davis with me! Ben and I have his and hers Centurions now, but mine is red instead of silver. I’m enjoying riding it so far, but I need to have Ben teach me how to shift gears. I thought it would be more apparent, but my efforts have not yielded results yet. Thanks for the bike, Dave & Marilyn!