Alright, so this doesn’t have anything to do with cleaning the Shenandoah, but I thought I would let you good folks in on a pretty well kept secret. Twice a year, there is a dam release of the Potomac in what I believe is Luke Maryland. This ladies and gentleman is an intense thing.
I had never been white water rafting before and was only used to the calm walkable waters of the North Fork of the Shenandoah, but after about two years of coaxing by a good buddy of mine I decided to take the plunge into the world of white water. Now the release only lifts the water level to where at it’s best can only be classified as a healthy class two, but as I’ve said before I’m used to the 100 CFM of the Shenandoah with no class and certainly wasn’t expecting what 1,000 CFM and class two rapids had in store for me. Of course I’m told that I will have a better “ride” if I take my sit on top kayak that I usually use for leisure in my spare time, not suspecting that I was being lured into a trap to be drowned.
The experience was a good one and I only fliped my boat 6 times in 3 hours, got beat up just a little, and lived on the fuel called adrenaline for an entire afternoon. The whole day broadened my views on the river and the powers of water, and it certainly increased my respect for the power of nature. So if you ever get the chance to do some white water rafting just remember two things: Your buddies want to see you flip, and don’t take a sit on top kayak.
Enjoy these pictures of our day, there aren’t actually any pictures of the white water parts because I was too afraid for my life to snap any on the way down.