We are in southern Chile, staying with Aren, Sarah and Hannah, and all working on our kayaking skills. Mom, Dad, and I have been drilling our rolls, working on our eddy turns, and bumping up our boating skills. Today both my dad and I made great accomplishments in our kayaking, while Mom enjoyed a day of paddle rafting. Dad boated the Bridge to Bridge section of the Futaleufu for his first time and I reran the class III- rapid on the lower Futaleufu, which had caused me to swim last time.
The Bridge to Bridge section is predominately class IV and is the classic Futaleufu run. Today, my dad boated his biggest and most intimidating kayak run ever. He started off nervous and scared. After the first couple rapids, Timothy Silbaugh stated, “I get it, this is how the Futa flows...”. About half way through the run, he came to the biggest rapid on Bridge to Bridge, Mundaca. This is a huge jobble of big and crashing waves all flowing into the giant Mundaca hole, five times the size of a kayaker. Soon Dad’s run was over and he pulled his boat up the slab of rock at the take-out. He was on a major high and he was the happiest and most energetic I have seen him in a while. I was happy to celebrate my dad’s success, but soon it was my turn.
|Aren Helping out a Nervous Dad|
|Thumbs up Before the Gnar!|
Today was so great! I was extremely excited for myself and for my dad! It was a big day for both of us. Mom also enjoyed a day on the raft. I am tired out and hope to get some rest before the mysteries of tomorrow pop up in front of me.
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