Maine : Rafting Fun

We splurged this year with a day trip to go rafting.  We did spend a night camping before heading out to raft.  This was the first adventure activity that we did as a family – one of the perks of the kids getting older!!

We kept it a secret until about 2 days before – this was a huge feat!!  The boys were somewhat interested in our upcoming adventure, but having never been rafting before they did not know what to expect.

Anna on the other hand was a bit nervous from the get-go, but she is a trooper so she went along with things.

Camping was simple and no big deal – the site was pretty quiet aside from the Owl that must have lived right above our tent!  We heard him communicate all night with another neighboring owl.  Let’s just say sleeping was not abundant!

We woke up early and headed to the meet-up about 7am once our campsite was packed up.  We were ready to go and excited!!  Other families began arriving, many couples and a few seniors too.  Everyone was excited for a fun day on the Kennebec River!

This company is not dumb, they put you to work from the start.  We go through a line to get our personal gear : PFD (Protective flotation device) helmet, and paddle.  Then we board a bus for the hour or so ride up the river.  Once there we unload and we then get assigned a guide and head to our raft.  We lift and carry our raft from the top of the hill down to the water.  Not too bad as there were slide like things for the raft next to the steps for us.

Once at the bottom we put the raft in and wait for the water to come to the right level.  On the Kennebec river there is a damn that lets the water out every day t 10am for rafting (its their contract).  So we waited while that happened and then we were off!

The first 20 minutes or so Anna screamed with all her might, but once we made it through the only class IV rapid she settled down and actually enjoyed the trip!  There were several times the kids could get in the water and float down river.

We rafted about 12 miles down the Kennebec river – going through class II – IV rapids – enough to get us all wet – and a lot of fun!!

There were a number of spots that we were able to roll into the water and float down for a bit – we also had access to inflatable kayaks after lunch.

Lunch was on the river in an edie, where Northern Outdoors cooked our choice of salmon, steak, chicken, or veggie burger.  5 of us had salmon which was perfect and filling!  Anna opted for Chicken.  Once lunch was over we headed back out for the lower half of our trip which was a bit calmer and more laid back.  The kids loved playing more in the water and paddling less!

The same company (Northern Outdoors) has a rafting trip down another river that has class V rapids, you know these boys are hoping to do that one in the near future.  We will see.  Either way, we all felt like it was a great day and a lot of fun!!

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