A Day on the River

Last Saturday (September 12th) a small group of people set out bright and early—9:30am—to take a trip to middle Ocoii in Tenessee (about two in a half hours away) to go white water rafting. The trip cost forty dollars, and the following items had to be brought by each participant: a swimsuit and shorts, dry clothing, old tennis shoes, a towel, a water bottle, and sunscreen. Although they arrived at the site a little earlier than planned, it wasn’t a problem at all, because the “Princess girls”—Stephanie Gnizak, Janna Carroll, Amber Carter, Alyse Walker, and Christa Mann—provided entertainment by standing on a bench and having the group call out categories (lightest to darkest hair, lowest to highest GPA without talking) for them to organize themselves into. “It was hilarious,” Stephen Henriques commented while laughing. “They were all standing on a bench, so they had to hold on to one another so they wouldn’t fall off as they lined up in the right order.”

Soon afterward, the group ate lunch together. At around 12:30 they prepared to take on the rafting challenge by receiving basic directional and safety instructions, such as how to pull someone back into the tube if anyone were to fall out. Although it wasn’t a common occurrence, some people did “fall” out (some decided to jump out of their rafts), and, as Stephen can attest to, “pulling somebody back in is not as easy as [the guides] make it sound.” And although the group only spent about two hours on the water, Stephen still claimed that it was amazing and that he plans on going next year as well. All in all, it’s safe to say it was a fun and worthwhile trip.