Fear or Fun? (Photos) :)

This is a sequel to my prior post, “Around the Bend” and again I’m sharing photos of an experience I never thought I would be brave enough to try. My husband suggested white water rafting for one of our outdoor activities last week since we were going to vacation where rivers flowed. I was apprehensive, but willing to try.

In doing research, the trip we chose was a Class 3 and it was geared for children/adults ages 6 and up. Well, if a 6 year old can do this then so can I! Fear hadn’t left me completely, though. On the contrary, it stayed with me up until we “boarded” on our raft. Through this experience I have found that anticipation is the worst. Anticipation can take over our minds and get the best of us. Once I was on the raft, paddle in hand and 110% confident in our guide, I was into it. I felt more in control and the idea became exciting rather than frightening.

So our adventure began, life jackets on, feet braced, paddles in place and on we went. We started out slowly before we hit the Class 3 rapids, which was nice and peaceful. A chance to take in the scenery. During the rapids, we all yelled either in harmony or simultaneously, and I don’t think out of fear, more like “this is so damn exciting!” 🙂

During the big rapids, our guide looked at me and said, “since you’re a rookie, Lauren, you get to ride the broncing bull.”  This meant I was to sit on the nose of the raft, hold onto the ropes and ride the rapids. I looked at him and said, “Are you serious?” He said, “Yep!” I wasn’t going to play coward, so I placed my “derriere” on the nose with my legs hanging over, held on tight and said many prayers. 🙂 When we nose-dived, my feet dipped in the water and it felt awesome. Beyond exhilarating! 

After we made it through the big rapids, we had calm water again and the opportunity to fall into the refreshing river and enjoy, which is just what my husband and I did. Actually, the other couple did the same. How can you not? A big plus was that it was almost 100 degrees outside so getting wet was welcomed. 

One thing I learned from this is not to let Fear take control because if I had, these wonderful memories might not have existed. Just so you know, nothing was allowed in the raft because everything gets wet and you’re too busy paddling to hold a camera. So these photos were professionally taken by the company photographer. My husband and I are in the back of the raft with our guide behind us.

rafting 17

rafting 18

rafting 12

rafting 15rafting 19I hope you enjoyed these photos and my story of “checking off one more item from my bucket list.” White water rafting is well worth it if you get the chance.
I’m going to end with a few powerful quotes about fear and living…

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” 
― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

“The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.” 
― Ayn Rand

“Don’t fear death, fear the un-lived life
[Angus Tuck]”
― Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day or evening, 
wherever you may be. ♥

 

 

 

“Around the Bend” (Photos)

 Hi All!

I’ve returned from our trip to Central Oregon, mainly around Bend, but we took some side trips that were well worth it. We had never visited this part of Oregon and now we’re thinking it might be an option for retirement (not too soon, unfortunately). 🙂 The entire surrounding area was beautiful. Again, these photos were taken from my iPhone and I took almost 300. The joy (or not) of digital! Anyway, my husband and I are still going through and deleting many! We had a lot of fun in the sun and outdoors, but one highlight was our Class 3 white water rafting trip. I was a rookie and LOVED IT! I haven’t received those photos, yet, so if they’re good I may share a few in another post. 

decorated skyAirplane Art

deer in front of deckWe made a friend and she decided to rest
in front of our deck

IMG_3284Resort horses

IMG_3317Crater Lake National Park – Mt Mazama erupted 7700 years ago, 
collapsing the mountain, creating the caldera.
Precipitation formed the lake

and seepage kept it from overflowing.
This is the basic information

we learned and photos don’t do it justice as it
is absolutely stunning
IMG_3314Wizzard Island in Crater Lake:
a series of smaller eruptions over the next several hundred years
formed several cinder cones on the caldera floor.
The highest of these cones,
the only one to rise above the current lake level, is Wizard Island

IMG_3339Crater Lake Lodge, opened in 1915. Gorgeous!

IMG_3346Since the elevation at Crater Lake is over 6,100 feet,
we were able to play in some snow and
make funny faces, too! 🙂
super moon through the condosSupermoon over the condos and through the trees
IMG_3371This is one of many sunsets I captured
IMG_3378Beautiful and Serene Suttle Lake

IMG_3400Beautiful, hand carved lodge door at Suttle Lake
IMG_3406Evening walk, watching another sunset

IMG_3412We had thunder storms the weekend we arrived
and several fires were started due to lightning.
The latter part of the week was pretty smokey
and it was sad to think of all the acres that
had burned and homes that were lost

IMG_3421Another sunset; can you tell I love sunsets? 🙂
old mill district in bend, Deschutes riverWater fun on the Deschutes River

IMG_3471Famous Three Sisters: Three volcanic peaks of the
Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range in OR.

IMG_3479Mirror Pond on Deschutes River
IMG_3488Mirror Pond again…

river walk through resort 2Hiking along the river

IMG_3503Heading home with Mt Shasta in our view

I hope you enjoyed these and weren’t too bored. I also hope last week was a good one for you and now I have to “try” and catch up on reading your posts.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week! ♥

Lauren Scott © 2014