The bottom half of the mountain looks like it is
shadowed by clouds, but it's actually darker from the trees.
The top half of the mountain is bare because of the tree line.
|Another view of the tree line.|
We spotted this odd-looking building on our way to rafting.
It is actually a facility where they mine for molybdenum,
chemical symbol Mo, a silvery
white soft metal with one of the highest melting points of all pure elements
used to make high-strength, high-temperature steels.
How's that for a bit of science trivia?
|An old school-house we spotted along the way.|
|More Cutthroat Trout|
|We decided to eat our picnic lunch here as well.|
We arrived at the rafting company at the designated time, grabbed our life jackets and helmets, and loaded up in the shuttle to head to the loading location. When we arrived, our guide went over some safety information… basically, what we need to do if we ended up in the water. That scared Emilee even more. Then he told us to pick our seats. We were in a group with one other couple, and we told them to choose their seats and we would fill in the rest. They said the girls would have more fun in the front, so they let the girls grab the front two seats – Ashlee loaded up front left, Emilee was front right, Scott was middle right, and I was back right. Emilee wanted Daddy behind her in case she started to sail out of the boat so he could grab onto her. We then loaded up in the raft and headed down the Arkansas River.
|On our way to the raft drop-off location|
|Suited up and ready to go|
|Starting down the Arkansas River|
|Ashlee was all smiles throughout the entire adventure.|
|Emilee was terrified!|
We floated on further down the river hitting rapids here and there, having a great time, and getting pretty soaked. Just before we got to the halfway point, we hit the biggest rapid of the day. It was fabulous! And nobody got flipped out of the boat! Just as we passed through this rapid, it was time to pull over to the shore for a snack/water break. By this time, the sun had gone behind the clouds, we were soaked, and Ashlee and Emilee were shaking like leaves. Fortunately, the guide had brought along some splash jackets, so he pulled those out for the girls and then set up our snack – cheese & crackers, huge chocolate chip cookies, and water. We scarfed down our snacks while watching other rafts shoot through the biggest rapid.
|Notice how Emilee is leaning toward the middle of the raft?|
|Still leaning in!|
|Looking back up the river at the class three rapid we just went through|
|Watching others navigate the rapids|
|Ashlee is ready to get back in. Emilee is happy to be out.|
|Who's the dork in the helmet?|
|Suited back up and ready for the second half!|
|Scott and Ashlee in the front - they got drenched!|
|Emilee is still leaning in!|
Finally got some smiles out of her.
She was much more comfortable being behind Daddy
where she couldn't see the rapids that were coming up ahead.
When we arrived at the take-out place, we unloaded the raft, loaded back into the shuttle for the return trip back to the rafting company, and wrapped up in our dry towels to keep warm. On our way back we got some great views of some of the mountains called “The Fourteeners.” They are mountains that reach over 1400 feet, and the ones we saw were named after colleges. We saw Princeton, Harvard, and Yale.
|14ers - Harvard, Princeton & Yale|