Warning: the adventure I am about to tell you about is horribly addicting. It will stalk your dreams, suck your free time away on smaller day trips, and have you counting down the days until your next BIG ONE! Don’t say you weren’t warned…
With summer in full swing, there’s still plenty of time to bust out some serious adventures. The only problem is choosing what to do. Well today, I’m going to share with you what the best adventure you can do with your family is…
It’s going to be the adventure that your kids talk about for years and years to come, constantly inventing ways to make it possible again.
So what is it?
Multi-day rafting combines the best of the outdoors into one neat package. It takes the best of car camping (being able to take anything you can imagine and not have to carry it) and backpacking (solitude and gorgeous scenery) and smashes them together in one amazing combination. Whether you’re spending weeks in the Grand Canyon, or just doing an overnight trip, close to home, multi-day rafting is the ultimate in family adventure.
Remember when we wrote about how it will change your life and your kids will be thanking you for years?
Here’s what makes it so amazing:
-You’re stuck on a boat – TOGETHER. No one’s getting off, no one else is getting on (well, hopefully:). If you’re looking for a way for everyone to spend some serious time together and
force encourage intense bonding, this is the way to go!
-Electronics aren’t an option, so you’ll all be unplugged. No emails to answer, reports to finish, statuses to update, nothing! Yes, just unplug and relax! Well, I guess you can swing it, if you’re feeling like rockin’ some tunes like we did on this trip (with a floating waterproof speaker), but other than that, say goodbye to “smart” electronics of any variety…unless you’re willing to take a swim with them!
-Your kids will have to get creative with their play. Yes, they might get a little bored sometime around the end of the first day, but you’ll be amazed at the creative ways they entertain themselves (and you) by the end of the trip. Pure, unstructured, natural play at it’s finest.
-You get to act like a kid. Forget worrying about keeping up appearances, this is the time to totally let loose and hoot and holler just like you did when you were a 10-year-old. Jump off cliffs, get dirty, and pretty soon, you’ll remember what it was like to see things for the first time! As an added bonus, you’ll be amazed at how much your kids want to play with you when you play just like they do!
-Relaxation is REAL! Forget those insane theme park centered trips where at the end of the day, you truly do need a vacation from your vacation. On a multi-day river trip, life is slow and relaxation is unavoidable. Yes, it sometimes takes a day or two to let your mind unwind, but once you do, it’s priceless!
-You push your limits together, making your relationships stronger. Honestly, if you want unbreakable family bonds, you’ve got to do amazing (and difficult) things together. Whether that’s charging through rapids, straining through sore muscles, or preparing a dutch oven feast, you’ll be better off because of it!
-Anyone can do it. You can find scenic float trips that are suitable for your infant or grandmother, or you can max out our adrenaline on a non-stop rapid trip. It really is an adventure that anyone can do.