OK…is it fair that Dave Hansen Whitewater’s first big group of the year on the whitewater section could also be our best group of the year? Not only was the average age of this group 68 years old. Not only did this group of adventurous seniors want to go on a whitewater trip rather than a scenic float trip. But they wanted to go on a whitewater trip that left town at 8am…when the temperature in the morning was 32 degrees and the high for the day was going to be 42 degrees! We were half expecting a call at 7:15 from the group leader after they stepped out of their hotel that they had decided to switch to a scenic trip.
But no, this group was ready to go on a whitewater trip down the Snake River. We picked them up at their hotel at 7:15 and took them to our office to get outfitted with wetsuits and booties. Our guides had donated all of their extra fleece to this group and they were ready to go to the river.
Though there were flurries of snow throughout the trip, this group had a great time laughing and paddling through the waves. One of the adventurous rafters, Patty (age 72) even declared after getting soaked by a big wave at lunch counter and laughing it up with her other mates, “I think this is the most I have ever laughed in my life.” Our guide Matt Lynn, said it was one of the most memorable trips that he has ever been on. It definitely make us feel lucky to be apart of a company that allows us to interact with spirited people like this.