An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

August 1985: White Water Rafting on the Chattooga River

To my cousin Damiano and his wife, Irene, who recently went on a calm, romantic canoe ride during their first week in Canada: look here...this is what you need to do! (click on the photos to read the captions)


The funny thing is that the guide kept yelling instructions in English and I kept shouting the translations, but in the excitement things got a little garbled. In fact, soon after this photo was taken, we went down a rapid and got stuck in a whirlpool. The guides (ours and the ones in the other rafts) had to rig up a pulley system to pull us out one by one. Just a tad embarrassing...

16 comments:

Pión said...

wow parece divertido

Laura (Ua) said...

SOME people might not know this from the picture, but I was on that trip as well... my SWEET sister kicked me out and made me ride in a boat full of strangers for the SCARIEST PART of the river... because only 5 in a boat could ride through the class 5 rapids. She can be MEAN sometimes!!

Tiziana said...

Noooo... non dovevi farci questo, non la smettiamo più di ridere.
Mi ricordo che eravate molto in ritardo sull'orario del rientro e una guida che era con il gruppo che aspettava i parenti andati in canoa ha fatto questo annuncio: " Purtroppo siamo in ritardo a causa di un gruppo di stranieri, non sappiamo quando riusciranno ad arrivare."
Eh! Eh!, cara Laura forse è stato un bene che la canoa contenesse solo 5 persone.
Forse riuscirò ad andare in canoa con Dami e Irene ma non di più.
Grazie Maria per i bei ricordi.

Chiara said...

hi!!! ciao Maria.. beh... CHE RIDERE!!!!!! no dai... non può essere che quello sia mio papà!! e Silvio!!! hahaha!!! fantastico!!!
avrei voluto esserci anche io!!! un'esperienza così la devo fare per forza!! beh... ci vediamo tra poco!!! =) ciao ciao!!!

PAOLA said...

Carissimi tutti!
naturalmente conosco bene le due foto ( ho gli originali ed ho intenzione di incorniciarli e appenderli in sala!) e sono sempre stata MOLTO orgogliosa di aver partecipato alla più bella e "paurosa" avventura della mia vita!! Maria, ci siamo divertiti eh? Povera UA, come al solito la più piccolina è sempre la più maltrattata!! David era con Millie e Dwight? Penso però che non fosse il 1985, ma prima perchè non c'era ancora Davide. ciao ciao

Damiano e Irene said...

Bhuahahahahahah!!!!!
Sono appena le 6 di mattina e stiamo cercando di trattenerci dal ridere per non svegliare gli altri!!!
Le foto sono meravigliose, specialmente le captions!!
In effetti la nostra gita in canoa è stata moooolto diversa...
siete stati tutti davvero coraggiosi (anche la guida a venire con voi!)
Ahahahaahhahhah!!!!!
eheh...
eh...
ahah...
AHAHAHHHAHHAHHAHHAHA!!!!

GrandmaK said...

WOW!!!! Can feel the water splashing in my face and the fear of being tossed overboard! Must have been very exciting...WOW!!!! (again!) Cathy

Kim H. said...

Okay, Bia, I'm confused...I know, not shocking. Anyway, were you on the boat? Or on a different boat?

As for the tour guide, let's just say, his shorts were a little too tight, even for the 80's....eeeewwww!!!

And I loved the look of terror on the face of the mystery rider. Hilarious!!!

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Anonymous said...

And what about we two beautiful sisters????? (Massimilla and Tiziana).... Someone had to stay behind and pray!!!!!

Ah, the good old times....

Massimilla

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Anonymous said...

yoo.. informative style

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rafting cagayan de oro said...

Hehehe that was funny ^_^. when i also had my rafting,our guide also droped me out off the raft ^_^. anyway were already in the calm river flow. nice blog..i like it .