Cheers to Friday, friends! I am back with a little update…how did your week go? I had a pretty stressful one, an employee at work gave her notice, so we needed to shift the workload and return files, certainly not an easy feat! Plus, to top things off I haven’t been feeling good and saw my doctor the other day and he ran a lot of blood tests to get to the bottom of what my symptoms were! Just heard back from him yesterday and most of the tests came back negative which is a good thing but, I just have a very out of whack thyroid (it got worse)!
Summer is here and that means that my little family will be off playing as much as we can! Last weekend, I went to the Kern River with my friend Kay (who is also my boss) along with my daughter and BFF to join her brothers and nephews for some river rafting. This was something always on my bucket list to try and I am thrilled to tell you that I survived and even stayed on the raft! LOL!! I came close to going overboard once, but had my foot wedged in (just like I was told to do) and that saved me! The Kern River was rapidly raising in elevation due to the snow melt off Mt. Whitney and the water was very cold, but a little refreshing with the 100+ degree heat! When we arrived, the river was moving at 4,300 cfs and by the time we left Sunday, it was near 6,300 cfs.
We camped along the shore on a private piece of land that belongs to Kay’s brother. Here is an breathtaking photo taken by Kevin Beatty, her nephew (@kevin_beatty), you can check out his spectacular photos on Instagram.
Just to give you an idea of the area, we were just upstream from the powerhouse which I was told was a class III+. Then as we went downstream, there are names like Big Daddy a class III that had some large waves. Then Lil’ Mama, where the waves are more than a meter high, making it rate higher than class II. The big finale is Ewing’s (named after a restaurant perched high on the left bank) this was where I almost feel out of the raft! It is a class III+ and the river drops over a boulder bar, creating a very large hole. My daughter and her BFF were rodeo riding on the front of the raft even over this last section of the river! They held on and only feel off once, too bad there are no photos to prove it! But I do believe that there might be a video or two as Kay’s nephew’s and other brother had Go-pro’s strapped to the raft and their helmets!
All of the photos below were taken by Kevin Beatty (@kevin_beatty), thanks Kevin for staying behind on the last run to take these!
This last photo is my absolute favorite of Lauren, arm in the air celebrating!!!
Have a great weekend everyone!