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Whitewater rafting for my birthday • like Sara...but with a d
I had a little birthday this week 🙂 and so far I have had three separate birthday celebrations. Yay me! The first of the festivities was a whitewater rafting trip on the Nantahala River with my mother and Rob. We had a blast! The weather was perfect, the water was fast and the river wasn’t terribly crowded. The Nantahala is a dam controlled river run by Duke Energy in western North Carolina within the Nantahala National Forest. The lower run is 8 miles of class II-III rapids with names like Patton’s Run, Quarry and Upper Falls. There are several outfitters that offer guided and unguided trips, and children as young as 7 can make the run. Because the water is pumped from the bottom of Lake Nantahala, the temperature of the water is in the low 50’s all year round. In other words, it is bloody cold! It was a pretty great day all in all with my only complaint being the outfitter we used. We booked with the Paddle Inn Rafting Company, and we were all a bit dissatisfied with the service. The staff weren’t what anyone would call friendly. The place is run by a …