When Shawnelle and I were planning her visit, she mentioned she wanted to go ziplining and white water rafting. I wasn’t really sure where or how far we’d have to go to do these things, but a quick Google search and I landed on Arkansas Valley Adventure (AVA) which offered both ziplining and rafting in pretty reasonably priced packages.
And they’re only about 30 minutes from Denver!
Our day started out with ziplining which I’d done before, but Shawnelle was a little nervous about. But our guide, Evan, was both hilarious and informative, and soon we were zipping through the trees!
(photos below by AVA)
After making our way down the side of the mountain, we had a quick lunch break before donning our wet-suits and heading out for white water rafting!
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of water, especially when it’s cold (snow melt) and has rocks in it. And Shawnelle has been rafting more times than I have, but together we decided that the “beginner” rafting course would be just fine.
And it was.
It was a blast.
We were in a raft with a fun family (three kids and their parents), and our guide, Seth, was a lot of fun. I even forgot to worry about smashing my teeth out against the rocks (water and teeth are both phobias of mine).
(photos below by AVA)
There was one tricky part of the route, which we made it through, but apparently a raft or two behind us got wrapped around a rock. We pulled to the side and waited along with another raft and watched a few of the people from the stuck rafts swim to the side of the river. I was glad it wasn’t me.
It took a good 45 minutes to and hour for them to get the rafts unstuck, during which time my raft mates and I played Two Truths and a Lie (except Seth, our guide, he was being professional and watching to see if he could help the others). Made the time go faster, though it was getting chilly and had started to rain.
We also tried to get passing trucks to honk their horns, but most of them ignored us.
Another raft had stopped too, but one of the kids on it was getting too cold, so our guides decided to set out together and get him warmed up since there was nothing to help with on the rafts behind us (since all the people were safe).
So we went down the river a bit, pulled over, and the guide of the other raft handed over her dry clothing to the kid to help get him warm.
The rest of us just jumped up and down a bit to try to warm up. Didn’t seem to do much!
Finally, the other rafts made it through, and we all finished the route–wet and cold, but happy.