When You’re Outdoorsy and He’s Not…

Jun 21, 2013

When You’re Outdoorsy and He’s Not…

How One Whitewater-loving Gal Convinced the Non-Camper in Her Life to Go on a Rafting Trip

When my boyfriend Joe and I first started dating, I got a flat tire on a treacherous country road. I use my damsel in distress cards sparingly, but this seemed a worthy cause. (I can change my own tire. But figured, why not call my manly man and have him do it for me?)

Being the gallant gentlemen he is, Joe was on the scene in short order.

“I’ve called AAA,” he announced. “They’ll be here in an hour.”

The look on my face must have revealed what I was thinking, because he continued: “Look, I don’t change tires, mow lawns, fix toasters, hunt or camp.”

Clearly Joe and I had serious issues to explore.

The big question

“Have you ever been whitewater rafting?” I asked.

The flat tire thing could wait (and apparently we had an hour to kill). But a no-go on rafting could be a deal-breaker.

He returned my incredulous look with one of his own.

“Like in a rubber raft going over rocks and getting wet?” he asked. “God no.”

You would’ve thought I’d asked him if he’d ever eaten a worm.

But months later, here we are planning our first rafting trip. Joe has enthusiastically purchased all manner of camping gear–despite my protests reminding him that O.A.R.S. provides absolutely everything. Once a man discovers R.E.I., though, and gadgets like headlamps and firestarters and GPS, they become like teenage girls in a Sephora.

Men are Simple

So what made a man like Joe change his mind?

Food.

Since that day on the side of the road, I regaled Joe with stories of the gastronomic delights on my several O.A.R.S rafting trips–fresh-caught salmon grilled to perfection; melt-in-your-mouth tri-tip; waking to the smell of bacon and coffee…it’s truly astounding what an O.A.R.S. river guide can cook out in the middle of nowhere. And my favorite part? I don’t have to do a darn thing except sit and eat.

Craft beer tasting river trip

If food is the way to a man’s heart, beer is the way to everything else. And while Joe was excited about the delicious dishes he had to look forward to, truthfully, it was probably the beer that sealed the deal.

“Why does beer taste so good after a day on the river?” the advertising for O.A.R.S’ Craft Beer Tasting trips ask. “Maybe because beer is mostly made up of water and paddling through exhilarating rapids can leave you parched.”

And I have to admit, there’s nothing quite like a beer chilled in the currents of a river and shared around a campfire after a long day on the river.

So off we go, me with a small duffle bag, Joe with a trunk full of gear he doesn’t need, (including, of course, his AAA card) and a cooler full of beer. Wish me luck!

Maybe Joe won’t change a flat tire, but with a little persuasion, he sure changed his mind about a rafting trip.

 

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Tricia Slavik
"Likes Getting Wet" is one of the answers Tricia Slavik gave in her O.A.R.S. traveler profile. The Yampa River trip was her 4th experience with O.A.R.S. and one of the biggest adventures of her life. Raising 2 teen-agers is THE biggest adventure of her life. Tricia loves to travel and has been to 15 countries in 3 continents and in 39 states. Although China was the furthest she has ever traveled, she feels her stop over in Newfoundland was the most exotic. Tricia owns her own marketing consulting company and lives in the Sierra Nevada Foothills with Bronte, Colden, 2 dogs, 1 PC, 1 Macbook. 2 iPads, a Wii, 3 Gameboys and a PlayStation 2.