Mother Daughter Whitewater Bonding

Last summer I decided to take my mom on a guided rafting trip down the Ottawa River with Owl Rafting.  I always shared my kayaking stories with her and this way I could share my love for whitewater with her.  Luckily, for me, my mom is always up for trying stuff and was excited to go on the trip.  Not only was I excited to go rafting but I was very excited that my soon to be brother in law was our raft guide! We gathered onto the bus which drove us to the put in.

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We geared up, listened to our safety briefing and headed towards the first rapid. (Mom and I are the ones in the front)
 
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The first rapid is called McCoy’s, a class III/IV, it is the first rapid and is a good way to start off the day.  
 
After going through the first rapid the rafts will paddle back up to surf a wave called Baby Face.  This wave is also a great play wave for kayakers.  As the rafts line up, each one takes its turn, with the purpose being to flip the raft.
 
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We didn’t successfully flip the raft but we did lose one rafter… MY MOM! She was the first and only one to fall out! She came up with a smile on her face but to make her feel better… we went back for more…
 
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And this time she wasn’t alone.
 
We continued to surf the wave and dump our raft over and over, but after awhile it was time to move on to the next rapid, called the Lorne.  This rapid has a wave on it called Garb, which use to be my nemesis when kayaking up until this past summer where I conquered my roll (in whitewater) and now I am excited to try and surf Garb next summer.  
 
Lined up, we were ready for it!
 
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We hit Garb and went right through it, followed by the rapids Push Button, Butcher’s Knife and Norman’s.
 
But before we got to Norman’s the trip stopped at BFR (Big friendly Rock) to let the rafters have a snack and take a jump, their choice.
 
Can you guess what I choose to do? 
 
JUMP
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After enjoying a nice snack and jump into the current, we headed through Norman’s and Colosseum.  Colosseum is the second biggest commercially rafted rapid in North America, with the biggest being on the Colorado River.  At high water, Colosseum becomes a class V rapid that is extremely dangerous and should only be run by very experienced paddlers.
 
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If you look close in this pic you can see that I grabbed my mom’s arm because I thought we might lose her!
 
Nearing the end of our trip we spent time surfing Center Slot, which is a hole where the rafts try to go in and do nose blasts which means getting the raft as vertical as possible.
 
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It doesn’t look like we were having any fun at all…. 😉
 
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Look at that forward stroke, Go Mom!
 
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We weren’t getting very vertical so we decided to step it up a notch…
 
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But this is all we got… 
 
If you ever want to raft with Owl Rafting then be prepared for an amazing day of whitewater fun followed by a warm meal on a pontoon boat that will take you back to the resort.
 
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Special thanks to my amazing fiance who played photographer all day long for us.  He kayaked through every rapid, got out, took photos, and followed along.  He’s pretty great.
 
And also Special thanks to my little bro (soon to be brother in law) who guided us down the river safely and also made the day a lot more fun by having him there.  Thanks Juraj! Best guide ever!
 
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And now, most importantly, a special thanks goes out to my mother and her adventurous spirit for if it weren’t for her I would not be the person who I am today.  Thank you for everything you have done for me and taught me.  
 
 
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Love you mom!