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Without getting in to any details, I’ll just say that both Rebecca and I had a very frustrating day yesterday. Our friends on Forever Catamaran had a similarly tough day, albeit for different reasons (their difficulties were caused by Mother Nature, ours by mere mortals). Perhaps as a remedy we should all just go on a nice lazy rafting trip like the one featured in this video by Alastair Humphreys? It might be just what the doctor ordered.

By the way, I think I spied a Hilleberg tent in that video! If you haven’t yet shared your tent recommendation for us, please visit that link and post in the comments.


No, not that kind of rafting! Rebecca and me on the Ottawa River. 2008.


  1. i would love to try white water rafting someday

    • Lots of fun. Rebecca tells me that she had a summer job working in the office at Owl rafting, competitor to the company featured in that pic of us.

  2. We can take you rafting when you come through Colorado, although our idea of rafting is a bit more mellow than your picture. We have a strict rule of not spilling the beer cooler when we raft! Rafting is the way this Caribbean girl gets her water fix.

  3. As I am sure you know the Ottawa River is world famous for its white water.
    When I lived in east end Ottawa my next door neighbour’s kid, Corey, a young 17 year old struggling with school and life choices, got a job with one of the Ottawa river companies (I think it was Owl). That summer he became a superstar guide and in the fall was part of the Ottawa team that went to a wild river in Africa for the world championships.
    I do remember that the river turned him into a serious young man.

  4. The rafting on the Ottawa River is 15 Minutes away from our home. Superb kayaking as well. There is now a great brewery nearby as well called Whitewater Brewery Company.

  5. I did a lot of whitewater rafting for five or six years about a decade ago. I live in North Carolina so we would travel up to West Virginia and raft on the New River and the Gauley River. The upper Gauley was the most intense…lots of class V rapids and several right in a row. It’s the best adrenaline rush I’ve ever had. Seeing your photo has given me the desire to do it again! 🙂

    • It’s funny how everyone is focused on the whitewater rafting when I was really more interested in the chilled out rafting featured in the film. 🙂

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