It all started with Mukilan asking to plan for Trip.We assumed nothing much is there nearby Atlanta, so thought of camping and finally discovered the Blue Ridge mountains and the Ocoee rafting.
I booked tickets for scenic train as well as white water rafting and we rented the mini SUV on Friday evening.We planned to start on Saturday morning and by 8 am we five of us (Mukilan, Jabrish, Shravan, Sumanth and myself) were all set on our trip.
We were first heading to Scenic railway and after entering the Blue Ridge city limit we got a feel that we are entering a pucca village.(but it is called downtown).We got the tickets for the train and after waiting for a while we got to board the train.Unfortunately, expecting rain we booked climate controlled coach.Later got to sit in the openair coach.(though only window was open).They claimed it was one of the oldest train and coaches.We all were seriously discussing our Indian local train’s experience.After the train started we got a good glimpse of greenary,water and many other elements of nature.The train passed thro lakes,roads,houses and finally reached the Georgia and Tennessse border.There we had 2 hrs layover and we got down to roam around the town and took some pictures.Also had our lunch.We then boarded the train to come back to Blue ridge.We almost slept on the return journey. 🙂
Then we planned for the scenic driving tour and we first crossed the Lake Blue ridge.The lake was very beautiful with blue mountains and blue sky romancing each other.The lush green on the other side was added beauty.We hoped we were on the right path and we headed serveral miles.But later discovered after serveral enquiries nothing much was there (may be we were on the wrong way).Atlast we found the swinging bridge.Unfotunately we need to hike for few miles, which no one was willing to do and finally we had to return back to Hotel to sleep after taking food at Taco Bell.
We woke up and got ready well before time, after having breakfast at the Hotel.We checked out.The surroundings were foggy and we reached the rafting place with the help of the map.Our rafting was scheduled around 10am.Since we reached well before time we were listening to the precautions and steps of rafting.We all were bit scared seeing the photos.We only reserved for Middle river trip (2Hrs) and not the Upper and Middle River Trip (5 Hrs).One more news I read is 2004 olympics were held here in same ocoee river where we are going to do rafting.
It was our chance to check-in and there were only 4 parties (groups) including us for Middle River Trip.We also signed confirming that they are not responsible for any eventuality. (Isn’t this Scary…………………………:).We were then given instructions, saying if we fell inside water …..What next? and atlast we got into the bus after picking our helmets,life jackets and paddle to row.
After driving for sometime we reached the Ocoee river, the river was looking beautiful.We all were assigned a trainer and our trainer was Liz.She taught us the forward, backward movement and many other fundas of rafting.
We were all set and took our seats, I was sitting on the last row on the left side and trainer was sitting after me.As soon as we got into the water the boat hit the rock and scared us.Added to that our trainer started shouting that we were not rowing uniformly.But soon we were doing good and one rapid after other we kept on facing and more and more normal we became.Some boats got stuck and ppl fell into the water.The water was damn cold.No one from our boat fell down, (Thanks God and Liz) we all were rowing pretty good .After a bunch of rapids we were pretty kewl.We were having fun at the same time fully exhausted.Thank God we did not choose the Full river trip.Our trainer was awesome, she talked with us, guided us and made the rafting enjoyable.She was beautiful too.
We came to the bank and got our photos and after having pasta at Pizza hut, we drove back to Atlanta.It was fun and memorable trip.Even my mom also felt this was the best trip (bcoz of rafting experience) of all my trips.
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