Friday, October 9, 2009

Rafting adventures : beautiful gift

Sorry I kept you hanging since last Sunday saying that I was going to post more pictures the next day and here we are almost a week later. So here are the remaining shots from our wonderful rafting weekend at Tidal Bore Rafting Park & Cottages. This weekend was an early 50th birthday gift from my awesome husband.

This picture is kinda funny - here we were deep in the woods and Dave is checking the road map. I don't think where we were could be found on the map.

We checked into our cabin and pre-registered for the rafting tour late Saturday afternoon. After we were settled into our cozy little cabin we headed to the nearest town for supper. On our way we passed over the river where we were going to go rafting the next morning. Look how wonderful the weather was on Saturday.

Our cute little cabin. The basket you see me holding is the one I wanted to swing by Hubbards Saturday morning to pick up at Mother Hubbards antique store. I've been hoping to find one of these basket for a while now and when I found out from my yoga teacher where they get them from I headed that way on Saturday. They are fair trade Bolga Baskets handmade by weavers in Ghana. They are beautiful and you can pretty much carry anything in them. I guess I should say this is another early gift from Dave.

Sunday morning we had breakfast in the restaurant on site than waited patiently to start getting into our rain gear and life-jackets to get on the zodiac. It was way more cloudy on Sunday but no matters.... we were happy !

Almost time to get ready. Unfortunately after this picture was taken we had to put away our camera. Getting into heavy rain gear, a life jacket, walking down a muddy hillside and settling into our zodiac did'nt leave much time for picture taking. Plus, there is no way you could hold on with one hand and take pictures with the other. Nope, both hands tightly on the ropes please !

After two hours of washing machine swirling in the tidal bore we managed to get up the muddy hill and out of our wet rain gear.

We had a blast of a good time. All 100 rafters that day had great big smiles on their faces afterwards.


JoyceAnn said...

Wow Vickie ~ Your smile is so bright , I feel the vibes of a great rafting adventure.
The basket looks wonderful , it'll come in handy for sure.

~ Autumn Blessings ~

Barb said...

Oh I love that bolga basket. I must research and see if I can get one somewhere in TO. Might try Ten Thousand Villages. It is just beautiful Vicki. Barb

Vickie LeBlanc said...

JoyceAnn - thanks for the lovely comment. Basket this winter will mostly be used to hold my knitting.

Barb - they have a web site for the baskets :

I would think they'd have them at Ten Thousand Villages.

Colleen said...

It sounds like such fun Vickie. It is always so invigorating doing something that makes you feel like a kid again!

I have one of those baskets. It holds my drum.

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Colleen - Barb is looking for a basket like mine (and yours). You could let her know where you got.

Marisa @ Getting Back To Basics said...

Sounds like you had great fun. Rafting is something I would like to try sometime although for now, kayaking on a very calm lake is more my speed.

Marisa @ Getting Back To Basics said...

Hi Vicki. I just wanted to let you know that I left a blog award for you on my latest post it you want to stop over and pick it up.