The perfect summer adventure : Down the river


A little friend we found along the way up to find the river

In the middle of July under the raging sun not all activities outdoors seem so appealing. These days are calling best for top-of-mountain, by-the-beach, and by-the-river time.

For this one time, we chose the river. We still put our (surfing) wetsuits to use. And in this case the route was pretty simple. No rappel, bug jumps or the like. Just on my comfort zone (it was my first time going down a river! So exciting!).

It was one as many other afternoons of last week when I heard the “let’s go do something” soon after lunch. I must confess I was comfortably sitting reading and happily avoiding the hot out there. We had talked about it before. And it was time to do it. We’d go down the river, walking and sliding through it. So I put on my bikini, we took the wetsuits and drove to somewhere close enough to the lowest part of the river.

Now it was time to walk up and go find our starting point.The walk was nice. At some parts, really really nice, when we started going by some water, surrounded by plants and big rocks.
Finally, we arrived to a fountain. There were some people there and they shared their afternoon snacks with us! So we started our journey down energised and refreshed.

When it was time to enter the water, ohmygirl, I was wearing my trail-running shoes and it felt so cold! I honestly had to take my feet out of the water for a while because it felt like pain. But we had arrived here to do something exciting (so new to me) and couldn’t get back.

So I’d step into the water, quickly go forward to the next stop / big rock, would take my feet out of the water and wait for them to feel better. Five minutes in and I forgot about it all. The feet get used and there is no more pain, no cold, and we are in full action mode!

The experience of going down the river was breathtaking. You get to see all the best spots, to swim, to see little waterfalls, to jump up and down many rocks. Even find some balls for the dog and see water snakes. All in all, my favourite kind of fun.

Arriving to the end of our route, we started hearing thunders. The middle of a river is not the right place to be if a storm breaks, as the water levels could rise in no time. There were clouds on top of the mountain but stormy ones. Also, the level of the river, after all these dry days was very low. Luckily (and unfortunately for the area) it didn’t rain.

We arrived to the end of our route, by a path that would take us back to the car and we called it a day. A very good day.

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