Whitewater and White Knuckles
One fine Saturday in September, Patientcoians embarked on an adventure. It was an adventure through uncharted waters*, rife with peril and danger**, and fraught with fear***.
Yes, it was our annual Whitewater Rafting Trip!
The Whitewater Rafting Trip has been an annual event since 2011. (With a year skipped in there somewhere, 2012 if I’m not mistaken.) After a stint on the Chattooga last year, Patientco returned to the Class III and IV rapids of the Middle Ocoee just north of the Georgia border in Tennessee. The Ocoee is no joke — it was host to the whitewater slalom events during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
The Middle Ocoee contains five miles of non-stop, action-packed rapids. Right off the bat, as soon as you put-in, we came upon Grumpy — a “long and pushy Class III” rapid that makes warming-up a dream for another day. From there, we carried on to rapids with great, inspiring names like “Broken Nose,” “Double Suck,” “Double Trouble,” and “Hell Hole.”
While no one fell out last year (unlike last year’s poor but entertaining showing of skill level), there was definitely some water involved. The Ocoee has a lot of great “surfing” spots where the water hydraulics are perfect for keeping you grounded in one spot for a bit as tons of water rush past you. And if you’re more into the scenic side, the river flows through a deep gorge in Cherokee National Forest, so the vista along the way is great too.
It definitely wasn’t your average day in the office!