White Water Rafting- Lowell, MA

As my final adventure of the semester I decided to go white water rafting with my friend Emma. Zoar Outdoor organizes trips mainly out of Western Massachusetts but in weekend of April and May they offer rafting trips down the Concord River in Lowell, MA. It’s a scenic river with 3 big rapids and the trip includes going down the River twice totaling 6 rapids.

What I hadn’t remembered from my family white water rafting trip in 2004, was that white water rafting is not continuous hard work. You only really need to paddle through the rapids and the guides do the rest of the work making it really beginner friendly. The current always takes you in the direction you’re headed. Except when surfing. Surfing is turning the raft around after going over a rapid and riding the rapid against the current. The raft floats on top of the waves and then dips down covering everyone in the raft in water (it’s a lot of fun). Luckily, my group was small enough that we got the opportunity to do this a couple times!

The day we went was a beautiful day and was luckily not too cold! They do provide wet suits and spray jackets but it is also important to wear clothes that can get wet. Also, if I were to go again, I would pack a warm change of clothes to change into after to get out of the cold wet clothes.

The company overall is very reliable. Originally, I had accidentally reserve spots on 2 separate days instead of 2 guests on the same day and when I called up, the person I spoke to was very friendly and did not charge me any fees to rearrange the mistake I had made. Also, they offered a helmet that already had a GoPro mount on it, making my life a whole lot easier.

Overall, I loved white water rafting. It was exciting but still simple enough to understand the first time. Although it was $100, it was well worth it because I had a lot of fun doing it.

​(Breezeblocks by Alt-J)

-Hel

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