We had originally planned to go white water rafting, but overnight, the water level on New River increased by about 5 feet, which was a little unexpected. Due to the peanut child and the inexperience of all of us, Keri felt it would be better if we skipped rafting for the day.
Instead we, made a trip to the New River National River visitor’s center and got the kids’ passports stamped and observed the river from above.
It looked pretty powerful, even at a distance.
After milling around the visitor center, and waiting for Jason to finish up some remote work, we all piled into Keri’s car and headed down the lower valley to get a closer look.
It was a twisty, hairpin, one way trip down to the river banks where we ate our lunch under the bridge, and also hiked down to the banks to watch some rafters pitch and roll and get totally soaked as they braved the rapids. It looked awesome, but we didn’t regret skipping the rafting trip.
After stopping back home to regroup for a bit, Keri came back and took Jason and the boys out rock climbing. Mr. S and Mr. T were naturals, and never gave up climbing some rather challenging rock faces. Keri was pretty impressed with Mr. S’s style, and said he was a definite traditional climber based on his techniques – it turns out he loved it, and wanted to keep climbing as the sun slowly set.
After wearing themselves out, we all met at a local restaurant for a nice casual, outdoor dinner…wings and drinks were on the menu, and we ate and drank plenty :)