Emrick-Cutler Scholar '15
On the last day of my Outward Bound rafting trip in Utah, we were all given a huge treat, the chance to swim in a rapid. None of us had even considered it given all the training we received on the off-chance we fell out of the boat. Even though I was an experienced swimmer and had been to many water parks, none of the rides were quite as “natural.” As we started out, my heart pounded. I swam confidently across the river and flew down the big dip of the rapid. Relaxing now, I continued my streak of confidence as I made a dolphin-like turn to swim towards shore. In short, there is a reason dolphins don’t wear shoes. I didn’t even get to see it as it floated down the river as I continued to shore.
Over the eight days I also lost 2 pairs of socks, a bandana, and some chapstick. But in the end, I won. I gained way more than the simple items I lost. Each day was different than the last. We spent the majority of each day on the river in our boats, bonding with the 6 other members of our group. Occasionally, we would stop to eat, sight-see, or scout a rapid before finally stopping to set up camp for the night. Once there, we got to work and simply hang out with the other 2 groups. Some activities were planned by the leaders, but most times we made our own adventures. Even learning to cook with limited supplies was an adventure itself. Overflowing pasta, anyone? Click HERE to read more