If you’ve never been on a river rafting trip before, it might look a little intimidating. Perhaps you’ve watched videos of people crashing through angry-looking rapids. Not everyone wants to be tossed into churning water. But have no fear—a weekend rafting trip can be fun and relaxing, even if you’re not a hardcore adrenaline junkie.
Here are three reasons why you should go rafting with your friends on your next weekend rafting trip.
1. It’s a fun new way to connect with your friends.
Most outdoor activities can be tackled alone or with one or two people. But rafting is a group effort. It’s a great way to get a bunch of your friends together for a weekend trip that will open up a time to reconnect and create new memories.
Rafting will also give you a new kind of connection with your friends. You’ll need to work together to get down the river safely, and this kind of coordinated group effort is a powerful way to grow closer with some good laughs along the way.
2. You’ll spend time in beautiful places.
The United States has some of the most beautiful rivers in the world. A weekend rafting trip will let you spend the whole time enjoying that natural beauty. Even if you’re rafting a river you’ve walked along a thousand times, the view from the water will be much different than the view from the shore, giving you a new appreciation for the places you already love to visit.
3. You’ll get exercise and relaxation in one activity.
Rafting is the perfect blend of hard work and hanging out. During the faster rapids, everyone will be pushing themselves to paddle hard and keep the raft right side up. You’ll work up a good sweat, not that anyone will be able to tell after all the splashing. During the calm stretches, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy sunshine and good conversation with your friends.
If this kind of river adventure has captured your imagination, get started right away! Call your friends, pick a river and a weekend, and start planning. Have fun, be safe, and we hope that rafting can become one of your new favorite summer adventures.