AP English: Language and Composition
25 September 2011
Please, Get a Guide
Sometimes, a guide is needed, especially when you are going on a whitewater rafting adventure on which you have not been. Guides are paid to help you and other newcomers learn what to do. Without a guide, things can go wrong very quickly.
One July Fourth, my family, a friend, and I were at my mountain house, as we are every July Fourth. A few years ago, we decided that we were going whitewater rafting down the Nantahala River, in Western North Carolina, on a category 3 course. It was a gorgeous day, but it had drizzled a little that morning; the temperature was perfect, around 70°. The sky was a beautiful Carolina blue and the clouds were perfectly white. There was a little bit of a breeze, and all you could hear was the whistling wind and the song of the birds. This was the perfect day to be out on the water.
There were five of us, so my father thought that we could all handle the new situation. After begging and pleading with my dad, he decided to go alone at this new, hard course. My friend, Laura Coker, my mom, and I were all upset by my dad’s decision, but my brother was content with it.
We walked out of the building to get life jackets, paddles, and pick out our boat. We then got on a bus and rode for 30 minutes to the drop point. At the drop point, we carried the boat to the freezing cold water and had our final lesson. McDowell 2
We had finished the training and we were now on our own. Within the first hour, we got stuck on two rocks. Another raft had to hit our raft to get us off the rocks. This was not a good start to our fun day on the water. My brother had already started getting bored and complaining, making this trip so much worse.
After about two hours, we saw this huge rock on the right side of the river. It was coming out of the water about ten feet high and about fifteen feet wide. Somehow, we ended up on top...