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Idaho's Snake River in Hell's Canyon, ROW Adventures, July 2008

Nothing beats the roar of whitewater on a rafting trip! Or the tranquility of just floating down the river between the rapids. Your Blackberry and other techno-toys can't survive on the river. I went on ROW Adventures' five-day whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River in Hell's Canyon, Idaho in summer '08. What a blast! I made new friends and was thrilled to unplug from all technology for a while. On the last night, back on land, we all had a farewell dinner at the hotel. We were so clean and well-groomed we hardly recognized each other.

One regret: my cheap waterproof camera yielded not-so-hot shots. Luckily, my land-based camera faired much better! Photo credit for the first six photos in this gallery goes to ROW guides. (Thanks!)
Late afternoon relaxation in the river
Late afternoon relaxation in the river
A quick dip beneath a waterfall is refreshing
A quick dip beneath a waterfall is refreshing
Our group enjoyed rock-leaping - guides always jumped first!
Our group enjoyed rock-leaping - guides always jumped first!
Some of us hiked to this hilltop to enjoy the view of the windy Snake River
Some of us hiked to this hilltop to enjoy the view of the windy Snake River
Marshmallows over the gas fire (no real fires allowed!)
Marshmallows over the gas fire (no "real" fires allowed!)
In addition to whitewater rafts, we had both one and two-person inflatable rafts
In addition to whitewater rafts, we had both one and two-person inflatable rafts
Our fleet of boats consisted of four passenger boats
Our fleet of boats consisted of four passenger boats
After rafting, there was plenty of time for exploring camp
After rafting, there was plenty of time for exploring camp
Taxidermists keep busy in Idaho and Montana. This is in my Cambridge hotel, pre-trip.
Taxidermists keep busy in Idaho and Montana. This is in my Cambridge hotel, pre-trip.
Rafting guest Tom studies our south to north route up Snake River
Rafting guest Tom studies our south to north route up Snake River
Cole was one of my first friends on the trip
Cole was one of my first friends on the trip
He captured this moth
He captured this moth
And let it fly away
And let it fly away
Victoria (left) and Cole were on this trip with their grandparents
Victoria (left) and Cole were on this trip with their grandparents
Each morning we stuffed the yellow bags with our camping gear. The red bags were our day bags that we took on the raft with us.
Each morning we stuffed the yellow bags with our camping gear. The red bags were our day bags that we took on the raft with us.
Sunscreen was crucial. Here Lisa slathers it on.
Sunscreen was crucial. Here Lisa slathers it on.
Guide Brian made sure our vests were quite snug.
Guide Brian made sure our vests were quite snug.
This family of five from North Carolina was our biggest group.
This family of five from North Carolina was our biggest group.
Guide Brian, right,  demonstrates how to get back in the raft using a rope.
Guide Brian, right, demonstrates how to get back in the raft using a rope.
Sarah preps our meal on the beach.
Sarah preps our meal on the beach.
I am holding an ammo canister. We each had one of these waterproof boxes to store our valuables.
I am holding an ammo canister. We each had one of these waterproof boxes to store our valuables.
Playing cards became a popular evening activity with kids and adults.
Playing cards became a popular evening activity with kids and adults.
Rock climbing was fun on our hikes.
Rock climbing was fun on our hikes.
I enjoyed accompanying the younger members of the trip on a few afternoon hikes.
I enjoyed accompanying the younger members of the trip on a few afternoon hikes.
Victoria is about to take the plunge.
Victoria is about to take the plunge.
Lisa leaps and tries to catch the football being tossed to her.
Lisa leaps and tries to catch the football being tossed to her.
Plenty of time to just sit and relax - no mosquitoes on the river - amazing!
Plenty of time to just sit and relax - no mosquitoes on the river - amazing!
Sea and Aldo make eggs for breakfast. Meals varied daily.
Sea and Aldo make eggs for breakfast. Meals varied daily.
Cole sits amongst the yellow bags stuffed with our camping gear.
Cole sits amongst the yellow bags stuffed with our camping gear.
Karen, Joan and Victoria bonded by paddling the smaller boats, called duckies.
Karen, Joan and Victoria bonded by paddling the smaller boats, called "duckies."
Our guides led us on hikes and shared history of the region.
Our guides led us on hikes and shared history of the region.
The closer to the front of the raft you sit, the wetter you will get!
The closer to the front of the raft you sit, the wetter you will get!
Meals were a highlight of the trip!
Meals were a highlight of the trip!
The guides set up our tents in advance of our arrival.  A new luxury for me!
The guides set up our tents in advance of our arrival. A new luxury for me!
This bucket served as my shower one day when the solar shower was not set up.
This bucket served as my "shower" one day when the solar shower was not set up.
Guide Aldo, foreground, with our bathroom tent, called The Groover, behind him
Guide Aldo, foreground, with our bathroom tent, called The Groover, behind him
Welcome to The Groover. This was our bathroom for Number 2 - all solid waste was packed out daily by the guides, onto cargo raft
Welcome to The Groover. This was our bathroom for Number 2 - all solid waste was packed out daily by the guides, onto cargo raft
Dinner on the beach
Dinner on the beach
It stayed light til about 10 p.m. every night
It stayed light til about 10 p.m. every night
Victoria helps Brian with very important Dessert Duty
Victoria helps Brian with very important Dessert Duty
The guides organized fun afternoon actitivities for the kids
The guides organized fun afternoon actitivities for the kids
Dressed in costumes provided by the guides, we have a grand time waving to passersby on the river
Dressed in costumes provided by the guides, we have a grand time waving to passersby on the river
What a good-looking collection of kids!
What a good-looking collection of kids!
On our last night on the river, the guides ham it up
On our last night on the river, the guides ham it up
Life on the river has been fun!
Life on the river has been fun!
ROW organizes a final farewell dinner after we hit land
ROW organizes a final farewell dinner after we hit land
Our gang of guides cleans up quite well
Our gang of guides cleans up quite well
New friends are a special part of the raft trip!
New friends are a special part of the raft trip!