Deschutes River Rafting

Located in central Oregon the Deschutes River is a tributary of the Columbia River, collecting water from the Cascade Region. The Deschutes was once an important resource for Native Americans, in the 19th-century pioneers of the Oregon Trail, and there are plenty of beautiful waterfalls to discover. Now Deschutes river rafting is a must-have experience. The river is utilized for recreation purposes, such as fishing and white-water rafting. Lots of companies run trips from Bend, Oregon all the way to the Columbia River. Most of the rapids are class 2 and 3, with names like Boxcar, Surf City, and upper and lower elevator. The River Drifters runs several types of trips depending on the adventure you're looking for. They're located in the Lower Deschutes region, a stretch of 100-miles, and a great weekend trip from Seattle. The company offers half-day, full-day and multiday rafting trips, with the full day trip being the most popular.
This was my first-time white-water rafting, ever. It was October and mid-50s outside and the water was cold. The company gave us all full wetsuits, a fleece, a windbreaker jacket, and booties but it was still frigid. When I first pulled the clothes on, I thought, "Well this won't be so bad, I'm quite warm." Boy was I wrong. We all piled into two buses to head to the river. During the drive, one of the guides explained the rules and what to expect. As he went over what to do if you fall out, he demonstrated at the front of the bus. On the floor. I, of course, was in the back of the bus and couldn't see a thing. We pulled out into the river and started on a Class 1, basically flat water. The guide on our boat did most of the work, occasionally asking us to paddle. Approaching our first set of rapids my heart began to race. From the front you get to see the rapids as they approach.
Once you get through that first one the thrill takes over and you are ready for more. What surprised me is that it wasn't a continuous onslaught. There were long stretches of flat water, where you could take in the scenery and chat with the guide about the local area. When we would approach another set of rapids and get thrown around like clothes in a washing machine before being spit out the other side. The more rapids I went through the more I wanted. Some seemed huge on the approach and then as you went through them nothing would happen. I thought, "Oh man, I'm going to get soaked on this one," but nothing happened. I was soaked through and through. As I exited the raft, I was so stiff from the tension of holding myself in place. And I was so cold that I could barely hobble my way back to the bus. My shoes sloshing as I walked. When I finally pulled them off and turned them over water poured out of them. If class 2's and 3's are not enough for you, other rivers offer a more adrenaline-packed ride. If you want more thrills check out Hells Canyon, White Salmon River, and the Clackamas. Some of River Drifters tours in Washington might interest you too.