Friday, September 18, 2009

Ultimate team building!

White water rafting on the Penobscot River. My boss thought it would be a great team building exercise to go rafting.
Ready to raft from left to right: Brandon, Mark, Michelle, Rena, Erika, and me. As the brochure reads: The Penobscot is the most challenging river in Maine and one of the best in the United States. You will experience more technical rapids, exposed rocks, steeper gradients and awesome whitewater.

Michelle was glad when the ride was over. We enjoyed a post ride meal of steak, chicken, salmon, three bean salad, bread, and rice. We were so tired, cold, hungry, and glad to be alive.

We took three rafts up the mountain, just in case.

Our wet suits were cold, wet, and not the best fit.
Erika wanted to take this floatation device down the river with her. She is the new bride who's wedding we attended in Bar Harbor last month.

Michelle, Erika, and Rena are getting ready to ride.
Rena and Brandon trying not to look nervous.

I love that we were able to take home pictures of our adventure the same day. The rafting company, "North Country Adventures" has a photographer take pictures of you during the ride and are available on CD for you at the end of the day.
This is Blake, our safety guide in his kayate. We loved him. He is the guy that will try to help you in the event you fall out of the raft. He is a wild man!
We really did this today and lived to tell about it!
Believe it or not, we were still in the boat coming out of this rapid. I was scared to death, but can't wait to do it again next year. We are in there somewhere. You want to just hang on for dear life, but must hang on to your paddle and work together to get through the rapids. The guide in the back of the raft gives commands on what to do. When he yells, "Go, go, go" you paddle with all your might.
That's me, third rafter back on your left. Of course, Rena got us what's called "The Ulitmate Ride." It's twelve miles, six hours long. The river is rated a Class 4 river with some class 5 rapids on a scale of 1 to 6. We stayed at the Big Moose Inn at Baxter State Park the night before and had quite a party. One tends to drink more when think you might die the next day. Hitting those rapids instantly brings you out of a hangover. We were quite a team!!!

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