Today we traveled to Lewiston, N.Y. (right on the Canadian border) to ride the Whirlpool Jet. This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years now, but have never gotten around to it. A few weeks ago, for my birthday, Michael surprised me with tickets as one of my gifts.
We got to Lewiston around noon to check in for our 1:00 p.m. ride. Once we were through registration and had our wrist bands, we went back out to the car to eat some lunch.
Soon, we went in to meet up with our group for a short introduction/safety explanation, and then boarding.
Before boarding, they gave us life jackets, as well as aqua shoes. Since we have our cool waterproof camera case, we were able to keep our camera on us, but most people had to leave everything in their cars or the cubbies provided. You see… it’s a rough ride. And um, you get ABSOLUTELY SOAKED.
The ride starts off pretty mildly. Slowly at first, and then, once out of the wake zone, they open up the engines and hit full speed (50 mph). They “warmed” us up with a 360 degree spin in the boat, which was enough to get us a little bit wet. But nothing like what we were soon to experience.
Here’s a video of us going through a little “practice” rapid:
After that, we rode further down the Niagara River to some more serious looking rapids.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t get photos or video of us tackling the Class 5 rapids because, as it turns out, when these monster waves hit you in the face, they do it with a bit of force. The guides were pretty strict about us keeping both hands holding onto the safety bars at all times. It didn’t take us long to figure out why.
We did 5-6 rounds of “Let’s see if we can drown all of the people in the first 5 rows of the boat” before our 45 minute ride was up and we had to head back.
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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