Rafting down the Nantahala River.
We chose a little rafting company called Brookside Campground in Topton, NC, based on a relatives recommendation.
For 20 bucks each, we got a raft with guide. That's about half price for most of the outfitters up here. The guide was capable and funny, a college kid working his summer away and he added some nice local color to the float.
I liked the way he called out advice to rafters and kayakers stuck on rocks or flipped over. It was general concern, not showing off.
We always use a guide on new water, but after rafting on this day, I could see rafting or kayaking this stretch without a guide under similar flow conditions.
The water was cold, about 47 degrees according to the guide. This was because it was dam controlled and the flow came from the bottom of the reservoir above the dam.
It felt great. When you come from the land of 85 degree Gulf of Florida water, it's nice to feel something a little different.
I'm sure the rafting companies would frown on it, butI could not help thinking, "Bear would love this."