Sunday, August 28, 2016

Farmington River Tubing

 
So I will start by saying, I should think a little before I say Yes but then again I would miss out of some cool crazy adventures if I did. Earlier in the week I decided we could probably make the trip to CT to River Tube. I found a campsite at the American Legion State Campground so for short money we could camp about 20 minutes away.

Each girl wanted to bring a friend and I agreed without thinking that I needed more space. Cape Cod Pickers to the rescue. They had this car top carrier I could use. It was a lifesaver. It fir all 5 camping chairs, tents, mattresses and bedding. We wouldn't have been able to go without it!


This picture should sum up the whole trip with 5 crazy girls singing and dancing the whole way.

The campground was not bad. Small with about 35 sites but annoying as we had the site across from 2 cabins full of assholes. Sorry, not sorry-They were.  The one farthest from us actually has a lantern so bright it lite up our site and tent. By the time I realized it it was after 11 and i was in bed and not about to move my tent. The other was a cabin full of 6 drunk guys who had rap music going until Midnight. I think someone may have come over and complained because they packed it in and went to bed pretty fast. Needless to say my music was on as I cooked breakfast and packed up camp before 8am. I know rude doesn't fix rude but I was annoyed.

Because we arrived so late we never really got a chance to see anything or just hang out so after breakfast I lit another fire and let them make S'mores again and just explore a little while I packed up. On my way back from the dumpster I found a trail and the sound of water. 



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 With our car all packed up we took a walk and found this river. I wish the picture was better because this river was full of fly fisherman. I have never seen it in real life. I thought it was actually beautiful. We did our best to move along and leave them alone to fish. We investigated the little pools for critters and found maybe half a dozen little frogs like this guy.




Now it was time to get down to business!!!
I can't explain it but I love this photo. It's like my Posse heading to the big game. I love the kids they are and the people they are becoming.

After signing all the waivers and listing to the safety talk about the rapids we were onto the river.
As you can see Ava is pretty close to me. She actually fell out of her tube during the 2nd set of rapids. SHe wanted to hold onto handles with Lilly and I but in the rapids that caused an issue and she fell out. I grabbed a rock and stopped but she was alone about 10 feet up from me and I couldn't get back to her because of the rapids pushing me. I had to calmly get her to let go and follow the directs of floating feet first thru the rest of the rapid until I could get her to a side rock and back in her tube. A little scary to say the least but she did good and they actually have 2 spotters on the side right after this directing us to a low rock and they helped her back in.
Scraped and bruised shin as a badge of toughness.


I was pretty surprised by the ducks and geese who were not very scared by us and let us just cruise by. We in fact were spread out pretty far when 2 groups of 6-8 geese crossed the river never even looking at us.



I think we floated for a little over 2 hours before we came to the end and climbed out. The special buses had seats on one side so tubes Could line up, Pretty neat!


All in all, we had a great time. I feel like we were in the car for 2 days though. I wish we had left earlier but Friday was the girls last day at camp and there was a big cookout at John's Pond they didn't want to miss.
I will add that they had an excellent Summer at the Boys and Girls Club and have already asked if they can come back next year. I don't like to promise such a huge expense but we will try. They were both nervous about a new place and new people but both made ghreat friends and Ava's counselor said she was one of his best kids.
1 week left of Summer vacation.

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06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
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05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
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06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40