Imagine sitting at a desk in high school: stomach growling because you havn’t eaten lunch, teacher lecturing on complicated – and seemingly pointless – subject matter, sun blazing in the window as if to mock your day indoors.
Now imagine you and your teachers tightly gripping a paddle and shouting as the large raft you’re attempting to not fall off drops over another massive wave, splashing you with cool water and surging your adrenaline levels.
For some students at Hood River High School, last Tuesday was full of these moments.
While not super excited to squeeze into the tight, neoprene wetsuits, the group was all smiles as they layered on the remaining equipment for the day’s whitewater raft adventure down the White Salmon River.
With high water, the river presented a thrilling ride immediately. Especially more thrilling than history, science or english.
We can imagine that these students will now have plenty to daydream about during the next exam, lecture, or study hall. Hopefully it will inspire them to come and see us again, maybe even training to be a whitewater raft guide in the future!
We love getting groups of youth out on the water any day. Many teenagers face challenging decisions every day. It is our hope that playing in the outdoors might take the place of more destructive and harmful behaviors that may be available. Getting into the whitewater lifestyle might be one of the best ways to surround oneself with motivated people and beautiful places, making for an immensely fulfilling life.
Check out Lance’s group of Hood River High School students hitting Rattlesnake Rapid here on the White Salmon River!