For the past month and a half we have been Buenavistans. I guess that's what they're called. We have experienced freezing weather and now some rather perfect temps. The river has risen to levels locals haven't seen in quite some time. With such fast rising levels, come some hazards as well. Several rivers have been shut down to commericial rafting while others can only be used at certain points. We don't allow the kids to play by the rivers just yet since the rapids are huge and the water is moving at alarmingly quick speeds. Their time will come but it just isn't safe for them at the moment. Plus, it's still freezing. However, before the rivers did rise, we were able to take them rafting through Brown's Canyon. We knew that if we didn't take them at that time, they wouldn't get to go til the end of summer. They were dying to get on the river and experience the rapids, so we jumped at the chance. Robby was our guide (he works with Chris) and he was great with the kids. He allowed them to guide the raft, stand up surf and ride the bull, which is sitting on the very front. Makenna volunteered for that position. At the time we ran Brown's, the river was mostly class II and III. It's now mostly all III and IV's. I've heard from others that it's huge. Rafts have been flipping and people have been swimming. It's the kind of position we don't want the kids to be in so we're thankful we went when we did. Montana had a blast jumping off his first cliff during that time as well. Chris and I were kind of shocked he wanted to but are glad he's taking the chance to push his limits some.
Two weeks ago we took the kids ATVing as well with Play Dirty ATV Tours. It's something that neither Chris and I have gotten to do and was definitely a must while being out here. It was a blast and surely not for the faint of heart. It's not a little meandering backwoods drive. Oh no, it's more like a full speed, fly up and down the mountains, through mud and around cliff edges kind of drive. Myla was a little scared but that could have been because she about flew out as we went over some bumps and humps. It's definitely something we would do again and we would totally pick the same company. They're a great group of people who love their jobs and enjoying sharing that with their customers.
Being here has also given Chris and I the chance to hit the river several times so that we can paddleboard and kayak. As the river has risen, I've had to really decide if it's something I can handle as far as rapids and swimming. I'm not gonna lie, whitewater paddleboarding means swimming and with swimming that means getting back onto your board while moving down river and through several other rapids. It's an exhausting sport but still tons of fun. I'm sure that as we head into July, paddleboarding and kayaking will pick up big time.
In the mean time, we take the kiddos up to Cottonwood Lake so that they can play around on the board and so that they can go out with both Chris and I. It's absolutely gorgeous up there. It's kind of hard to believe at times that we're paddling around in shorts while there are still snowcapped mountains right infront of us. Love it! It's become a favorite spot for us all and I'm sure we will visit it many more times in the next few months.
Living here for the summer has given us all the opportunity to see something new, experience different activities and make new friends. Last week we all had the chance to attend the kick off company party for the whitewater season. The kids had a blast and I was asked to photograph the event. Chris gets to work with a great group of people, while the rest of us get to hang out with them all after hours. Life is good and Colorado is amazing!
"Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you."