I’ve never been white water rafting. It’s always looked cool and it’s been something I would like to do for a while, but the opportunity never arose until Nick’s dad came waaaaay back in August. After visiting Taroko Gorge, we decided that a white water rafting trip was in order. With help from our great friend and co-worker Anly, we made reservations with a company that picked us up and took us to the starting line. After gearing up and watching a safety video in Chinese, we were ready to go!!!
Before loading the boats, we had to get into groups of 8-10 people. At first it seemed like no one wanted the English speaking Americans and we were standing around like a few lost puppies, but finally some people took pity on us and called us over. We wagged our tails in appreciation and quickly joined them in line. Our group consisted of four Taiwanese people and three Japanese people, all of whom spoke at least a little English. We ended up getting along really well with them and were a big, happy, wet family by the end!
The rafting trip was really fun! There were soo many boats and we all started at the same time. Unfortunately our boat got stuck on some rocks right off the bat, so we ended up being the last boat to start its trek (clearly none of us had done this before). Amongst the row boats, there were workers in motor boats who were there to push people in the right direction, help people get their boat un-stuck, and to splash everyone with water, of course! I think I want that job!
So, there you have it! Hualien 2.0!