Thursday, May 15, 2014

Whitewater Adventures- Count ME in

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Amber Lavigne (pronounced La-veen, get it right, people), I grew up in Greenville, Maine, and recently moved back home. I was your typical, "I can't wait to get out of this town" big-eyed, know-it-all teenager, looking at the world through a microscope. So I became "worldly" and moved away for a brief ten years, before coming to terms with the fact that, hey, Greenville is a pretty amazing place, and the people are freaking awesome. After stumbling around a bit, I have discovered a home here at Northeast Whitewater, we'll see how long I can go writing with vagueness, before they realize what little knowledge I have on the subject matter, but I'm learning! After all, isn't that why we are all here? Being put in awkward situations where I am forced to step out of my comfort zone just a little is one of my favorite past times! This is one of the many reasons I'm so excited for the upcoming season, the adventure bug bit me in the butt early on (I'm blaming the 7-month-long winter we are coming out of) But whatever the reason, I need an "I have no idea what I'm doing, and I love it" moment, and I need it soon!
As I'm gearing up for this season to kick off, all I can think about is getting on the river. I'll be honest, it's been a good ten years since I've jumped in a raft, but I am always up for an adventure. Most of my adventures these days involve my four-year-old in tow, so I'm wicked excited to grab a paddle and awkwardly stumble into a raft with someone who actually knows what they're doing. Let's be honest, If I tried this myself it would quickly become an all too familiar scene similar to what you see on 'Naked and Afraid', and nobody wants to see that. This brings me to my next point: I love that I can jump into something that could normally be kind of scary, and feel completely at ease, because our guides kick butt. They can navigate the rivers like your mom can navigate the mall on Black Friday. This is great news because, though I love an adventure, I like to play it safe. Maybe it's the mommy in me, but these people who rent a raft and attempt these rapids on their own must be as numb as a pounded thumb. Let's get real, you wouldn't jump into the cockpit of an airplane and suspect that you could perfect takeoff, do some whoopty doos, and then land the thing, all while looking like Nicholas Cage straight out of Con Air. These rivers are tricky, and if you don't know what you're doing, you could really get hurt, so use some common sense, and let the experts do their thing. 
Not only am I excited to hit the river with this Motley Crew, but I'm also excited for the atmosphere this crew brings with them. I can already tell that these are my kind of people. Really, anybody who is completely content with living in a camper for the duration of a summer is my kind of people, and that's what a lot of these guides do! Their down to earth-ness is something to be admired, and desired. I know, it's not for everyone, but it should be. If we could all find a way to live a little more simply, we'd all find the world to be a bit more spectacular. Not to say we should live like cave men, because there isn't anything I enjoy first thing in the morning more than a hot shower, and an IV, pumping coffee directly into my bloodstream. I do, however, think that we could all benefit from putting the cell phones away for a day, and seeing what mother nature has been up to lately. That poor, lonely lady... 
This is going to be a summer full of adventure for me, and I'm shaking with excitement. I hope you all find a way to step outside of your comfort zone this summer, preferably with some whitewater rafting, so I'm not the only one being pulled out of the rapids this summer. 

Amber
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