Adventures in River Rafting.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset(From left to right: Eric, Zoe, Me, Brittany, and Mitch)

Since I was born and raised in a country where outdoor activities were very limited — due to high crime rates — I feel like I’ve missed out on things that many Americans tend to take for granted; things like picnics, biking, walks on the park, and RIVER RAFTING!

Eric (my power couple half) and I, had been talking about going ourselves, but we figured that “the more the merrier”! So we invited a few co-workers from the restaurant to join us.

We all got up early in the morning and met at Eric’s house, where we all packed up into Mitch’s car and drove for about two hours towards Dunnellon, FL.

photo-4Our stop was at K P Hole Park where we put on sunblock, filled our tubes with air and a cooler of sangria, and started our 4-hour journey down Rainbow River.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe started out pretty laid back; simply sunbathing, and listening to music out of Brittany’s awesome waterproof speakers — the experience would NOT have been the same without the music. 

And as the water got deeper, we decided to jump out of our six-tube raft and do some snorkeling!

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I recently bought a GoPro, so I was able to take it on our trip and take some awesome underwater shots.. 

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetPlease take a moment to appreciate our underwater snorkel selfie…

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetSnorkeling can be quite a bit of a workout, so we would jump in and out of our tubes, depending on the scenery surrounding us, or the underwater events. 

There came a point where we were surrounded by houses that were located next to the river, and we noticed that many of them had rope swings! So we stopped at one and did some swingin’!

Mitch almost landed on Brittany..

Processed with MoldivThe whole trip, Eric was set on catching a turtle, — which he would then let go– so when Zoe called out seeing a floating tree branch full of them, he jumped in the water and went on his turtle hunt. He describes his experience as sneaking up on a group of turtles, which suddenly bursted out into a million directions when they saw him. He took it upon himself to follow one of them through the bushes underwater, sneak up on it, and finally catch it! 

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAs the afternoon rolled by, we all began to get tired, and mostly let the river float us down while taking in the sun, the music, the scenery and the friendship. 

Our end stop was at 484 Bridge in Dunnellon, where we got off the tubes, — and apparently left half our snorkel equipment– and waited for a shuttle to take us back to our starting point at K P Hole. 

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetWe then got back into the car, and Mitch drove us back to St. Pete while the rest of us slept our way through. (Thanks Mitch!)

If you’ve never gone river rafting, I highly recommend you scribble it on your bucket list, and make sure you bring good company with you, as they will be the most essential part of your trip.

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetMuch love,

-A.

 

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