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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hudson River Whitewater Rafting(Adirondacks)

Went out on an Adirondack adventure this weekend on the longest stretch of whitewater in the entire state of New York on the Hudson River.  Our trip was through the Adirondack River Outfitters and we were lucky enough to have Mark, a 25 year veteran whitewater enthusiast, as our guide.  We arrived at about 9am and got all geared up and ready to go.  After running through safety instructions, the bus came to pick us up and bring us to our put in, on the Indian River, in the town of Indian Lake off of Chain Lakes Road.

The first few miles were on the Indian River below the Dam Release, where we immediately encountered swift currents and rapids.  After a few miles, the Indian River meets the Hudson River where the river widens and we encountered even more rapids. After about 7 miles, we arrived at our lunch spot near the Blue Ledges, where we relaxed with sandwiches and lemonade on the river bank.

After lunch, we rafted the last ten miles through a mix of adventurous whitewater and tranquil stretches of flat water, where several people took the opportunity to jump in the water and go swimming.  The last couple of miles were very relaxing as we passed the Mouse Rapids and arrived at North River.  A delicious barbecue dinner awaited us back at the ARO building.

Below are some pictures of us crashing through some whitewater:

We really enjoyed the perfect weather and although we all got soaked, nobody minded because the water temperature was comfortable at 77 degrees.  Overall, a fun adventure, and we can't wait to try it again.

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