By: Danielle Desir
Crashing into large boulders, our raft swayed side to side. Since this wasn't the first turbulent patch we encountered on the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania, we wrote it off. But next thing I knew, I was pulled overboard.
Since it all happened so fast, all I remember was losing my balance and seeing my rafting partner fall over me. While underwater, I bumped into a rock. But this wasn’t the time to panic! I had to make sure my partner was okay and quickly get back to safety.
Off in the distance, I could hear my rafting mates calling out. Cool as a cucumber, I floated on my back till I could swim to the nearest raft. In fact, this was exactly what we were instructed to do.
Coincidentally, the raft that rescued me was the raft that I originally planned to join.
Perhaps I was calm because this wasn’t my first rodeo. A few years ago I had another unforgettable whitewater rafting trip cruising down the Amazon in Ecuador.
Back in the raft, I laughed untill I was in tears. Without a doubt, this was the highlight of my whitewater rafting trip with Sourced Adventures!
When most people think of New York City, I bet exploring the great outdoors doesn’t come to mind. Well that’s because New York City isn’t “outdoorsy”, right? Wrong - New York City is more than a concrete jungle.
Only a few hours away from hiking trails like Hunter Mountain and tons of state parks, New York is the perfect base for a thrilling outdoor adventure all year-round.
And no one agrees more than Sourced Adventures. Sourced Adventures specializes in making the great outdoors more accessible to adventurers looking to escape the city. They offer river tubing trips, brewery tours, surfing retreats and more. Round-trip transportation is always included.
Joining the whitewater rafting trip with Sourced Adventures on dam-release day was an incredible experience. Our group of forty-two boarded a luxurious coach bus (with outlets, movies, and wifi). Within two hours, we arrived at the Whitewater Challengers camping grounds. Onsite we rented wetsuits and picked up our complimentary lunch. Mine included a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bottle of water, a bag of chips, chocolate cookies and veggies. This was exactly what I needed to power through eight miles on the Lehigh River.
Although I’ll never forget my wild experience falling out of the raft, more importantly, I enjoyed the peaceful scenery and forested gorge.
In planning your epic rafting trip with Sourced Adventures, don’t forget to bring:
- Plastic bag for your wet belongings
- Waterproof phone pouch
- Charged GoPro or waterproof camera
Until the next local adventure!
We were guests of Sourced Adventures, however, the opinions are our own. The rafting trip we took is $95 per person and can be booked via sourcedadventures.com.