The gear looks like it hasn't been used in many a year but it is a complete kit. The guy kindly offered a few wee hints to get us started. Mr. Fox is keen to make a start next weekend though it will certainly need a good scrubbing and sterilising before we begin. A little research into the art of brewing wouldn't go astray either. All going to plan, cheap beers should be the mainstay of Friday nights.
|Little bit dusty but aren't the boxes cool?!|
|Vineyard at end of the street|
|A little follower|
|A view from our driveway|
The Hens and Bucks day started with white water rafting. After Mr. Fox hurt his back we both thought we might sit it out but on the day the numbers needed to be boosted...so off I went. The Rangitata Rafts company was really nice. The safety brief and signing a waiver made me feel more than a little hesitant to jump on in but it was too late. There was 14 of us that were also attending the wedding (including the lovely bride and her groom).
Lunch was served, we were kitted out and on our way. The first 30 minutes or so on the river was pretty calm and involved lots of safety drills/practice. We then got to try out a few grade 3 rapids ( Grade 1 being calm water and Grade 5 being the biggest white water). The first grade 5 rapid was short and intense.......our boat did not make it through upright. All of us fell into the water and the next few minutes were so terrifying.
Much of the river was swallowed by me as I was pulled through/under the rapids. I was so relieved to make it to another boat, thoroughly exhausted and waterlogged. My darn foot was caught in some rocks when my legs were pushed under the boat by the current. Greg was trying to tug me in but the boat kept trying to go over me, my foot stayed stuck and the water kept going over my face. Finally I spun round (not sure how) and he pulled me in. Lol I must have been a sorry sight.....and not in the least graceful or dignified. It was exhilarating to be safe.
The second grade 5 rapid is much longer but the guides were confident we had done everything right when the two boats were emptied. Most of us were shaken but keen to continue. So off we went. There were a few hairy moments but our boat staying the right way up while some others didn't. The rescuees became the rescuers...not sure what was worse really. Seeing people in the water desperate to be in a boat was not nice. Especially when two went missing for a few minutes. Everyone was located and some of us leapt off a 4m cliff for fun (a few jumped 9m but I didn't) The trip was soo much fun and a real bonding experience. It provided much to talk about over the weekend as we compared our adventure.
|The excited team (I'm on the far left with the light blue helmet)|
|Oooh grade 3 that was fun|
|Coming at you grade 5|
|.......or maybe not! Oh dear!|
|At least the guide stayed on!|
|Made it through the second grade 5, the boat behind us didn't!|