#HellHikeAndRaft Day 4: Rapids on the Snake
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We spent night three being lulled to sleep by the flow of the Snake River. We slept on these incredibly comfortable, self-inflating paco pads. The dark was much warmer down in Hells Canyon than up in the Seven Devils. Morning came and we were greeted by the smell of pancakes and sausage. We didn’t know it, but vacation and relaxation were about to really begin.
Day four and our first day on the Snake River was going to be our toughest yet, filled with Class IV and III rapids. Not going to lie, I was a little nervous; this was going to be my first time rafting!
Our first rapid was Granite Creek Rapids, Class IV, just a stone’s throw down from our campsite. Before hopping on the river, we took a short stroll down to view some pictographs left behind by the Nez Perce tribe. Becky, our fearless guide from America’s Rafting Company, scouted out the rapid. We then loaded up into the boats, and made our way down the river.
IT. WAS. RAD. We floated down the river, drinking PBRs and hitting some class II rapids. We stopped at McGaffee Cabin for lunch and some exploring. The cabin was fairly creepy. The walls were plastered with old newspapers and ads. It was something out of a horror movie in which Paris Hilton dies.
Post-lunch we began to make our way down the river again. The three boats made it through Lower Bernard Creek rapids with no problem. Then we hit Waterspout Rapids… the gear boat and the oar boat ran it smoothly. The paddleboat got completely dumped. Parker, the other half of America’s Rafting Company, shouted at us to row upstream to help pull people out. But in the blink of an eye, Rick was already back in the boat and hauling people in. All we picked up was a stray flipflop.
We stopped at Upper Sheep Creek to set up camp for the evening, and boy, it was an interesting place filled with enormous skunks, a creepy caretaker, and even creepier pit toilets.
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