During the afternoon we had two runs on the Mangles, as we had on the second day of my last course. This meant that I could give another go on the rapid that I swam last week. Both times we all smoked the rapid. When I stayed afloat, I was able to have a better look at the rapid. During my last course, I thought it was just a drop with some small waves near the bottom. Today, I saw that there was not much of a drop, but mainly two large lateral holes. After gaining confidence on the rapid, I started trying some different moves and skills. I tried doing practice rolls, but adjusting my hands into the proper set up position underwater as opposed to above water. I also tried boofing, which is hitting a rock, going airborne, and landing on the other side. This was a little hard for me because I am not heavy enough. Occasionally, when Matt told us which line to take in order to avoid the waves and big holes, I asked to take the opposite line. I was always allowed and always had a blast!
Soon the day was over and I had some new friends. Josh and David have warmed up to me! I am glad to have friends again. I learned a valuable lesson, “do not judge a book by its cover.”
Thank you for reading Rohan Geographic!