Whitewater Rafting with Dinner Picnic - BEST TIME FOR THE RAPIDS (SOLD OUT)
IF YOU LIKE HIGH ADVENTURE, THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO GO!
The Shenandoah, whose American Indian translation is "daughter of the stars," provides an excellent venue for our whitewater rafting trip. Travel on two rivers through three states (Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia) on an unforgettable 2 to 4 1/2 hour trip (the length of the rafting depends on the speed of the rapids on that particular day). A riverside picnic (chicken, potato salad, watermelon and beverage) is included on this introductory whitewater adventure.
Rafters float by the historic town of Harpers Ferry while hearing about events that led to the Civil War. Join TTD on the final stretches of the Shenandoah as it tumbles into the Potomac River, carving a spectacular 6.5 mile watercourse through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Weather permitting, our trips take a break to allow you to soak up some sun and enjoy a picnic right on the river!
Again, for those truly looking for an exciting whitewater rafting adventure, this is the best time of year to go. The Rapids are strongest and most exciting!
Lunch included: Choice of fried chicken or sandwich. In addition, everyone gets potato salad, fruit, dessert, water and juice.
Answers to Important Questions:
(A) Where do I sit to stay dry?
Answer: The bus. You are going to get wet. If you somehow manage to get through every rapid dry, someone is bound to take pity on you and dump a, or likely many more than one, bailer full of water on you.
(B) Since I am going to get wet, is it at least OK if I wear my warm sweats?
Answer: DO NOT WEAR COTTON ON COLD DAYS. Cotton wicks the heat away from you when it gets wet and will cause you to become hypothermic. Wear wool, or PolyProtm -- these will keep the heat in. Wear Spandex and wool. Sweats are most definitely out, until after you get back to dry land. Also, best to wear old sneakers instead of flip flops or new sneakers which could get ruined.
(C) What can I drink to stay warm?
Answer: Drink warm liquids. These will help you replace lost body heat and warm you from the inside. Please note that warm food will have the opposite effect. A good hot meal an hour or so before the trip would, however, give you energy reserves to keep you warm.
(D) Do I have to wear a life vest?
Answer: YES. Always wear your life vest. Not only does this add another layer to keep you warm, it also keeps you floating should you decide to leave the boat mid trip. We will provide you with an approved life vest, so please do not bring one with you.
(E)) How do I know what to wear?
Answer: Know the weather conditions. Being prepared is the best way to keep warm. Check to see what the water and air temperatures are. If you add the air temp, adjusted for wind chill, and the water temp together and they equal less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you are in prime hypothermia conditions. You must also wear shoes.
(F) Should I bring my camera?
Answer: Like you, your camera will get wet. Things also have a way of going into the river, never to be seen again. This being the case, we would suggest a sturdy strap.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must arrive on time for this event. The shuttle bus leaves promptly at 2:15 p.m. and we must check you in beforehand (and go over guidelines). The bus cannot and will not wait if you arrive late and there are no refunds. Trip is rain or shine.
Suggested Attire: Know the weather conditions. Being prepared is the best way to keep warm. Check to see what the water and air temperatures are. If you add the air temp, adjusted for wind chill, and the water temp together and they equal less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you are in prime hypothermia conditions. You must also wear shoes.
Directions: 604 Valley Road
From the Baltimore area:
Take I-70W to Frederick. Take Exit 52 onto 340W for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.
From the Washington D.C area.:
Take I-270N to Frederick. Merge with I-70W toward Hagerstown. Move to far right lane immediately. Take Exit 52 onto 340W toward Charles Town. Follow 340 for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.
From the Northern Virginia area:
Take the Greenway to Route 7W or get directly on Route 7W (Leesburg Pike)
past Leesburg. Exit onto Route 9W toward Charles Town. Approximately 2 miles after the small town of Hillsboro, turn right onto Route 671. At the T-intersection turn right onto 340 and cross the Potomac River Bridge.
Turn left at the first Maryland intersection (yellow flashing lights just past bridge) onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.
From the Harpers Ferry WV area:
Take 340 N, go approximately 3 miles past Harpers Ferry, crossing over the Shenandoah and Potomac River bridges into Maryland. Just after the Potomac River Bridge, turn left at the yellow flashing lights onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.
Price subject to increase at any time
May 11, 2013