6 Absurd Things You Will *Only* See On A Rafting Trip

Jul 16, 2012

6 Absurd Things You Will *Only* See On A Rafting Trip

I’ve seen a lot of things in my time.

Things that made me blink in disbelief, things that stiffened my spine in shock, and things that doubled me over, crippled by laughter.

And that’s just from the river trips.

It’s this last part that deserves our attention. If you like to laugh, you’ll find a wealth of it on the river. 

Consider these examples:

  1. Where else will you see a grown man put on a lifejacket like a diaper so he can float and take in the scenery? Absurd.Lumberjack Games

  2. The lumberjack’s log-rolling competition, carried out on the back of an inflatable kayak, is pretty high on this list. You will never tire of watching mom best her son in this king-of-the-mountain competition, silly as it is.

  3. Not everyone can pull themselves back into the raft after hopping out for a swim. Not everyone makes sure their board shorts are tight and secure around the waist before they hop in. Not everyone realizes their shorts are approaching their knees as family members haul them back in. Enough said, perhaps. Certainly absurd.

  4. No one looks dashing and sophisticated when they fall asleep sitting up in a chair. It’s cute when the kids do it, hilarious when it’s dad, zonked out in his camp chair beside the fire, before twilight has even faded, and he wakes himself up with his own snoring to find the rest of the crew having a chuckle. A River Of Silly

  5. Is there anything more absurd than a splash fight, really? You’ll have more of these on a rafting trip than you’ve had thus far in your life.

  6. People in costume, in the middle of nowhere: River trips often feature at least one night of dress-up fun. I urge you to be the one that offers the idea. Pack some spandex. Bring a wig. Wear a leisure suit. Feather boas pack light. It will be the best absurd memory you made happen.

 

And there will be more and different moments that can only be categorized as wacky.

Go forth. Seek them out.

What would a day be without them?

 

Have an absurd memory from a river trip? Share it with your fellow adventurers in the comments below.
Reid Williams
Reid has guided whitewater and taught swiftwater rescue in the U.S. and Central America on 13 different rivers, after brief turns as a chemistry teacher and a newspaper journalist. These days, he tries to turn people on to active, outdoor lifestyles as an executive at WELD.