Whitewater Mattress Ride

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Laugh along with us as we turn the air mattress from our tent into a whitewater flotation device! With only flip flops for paddles we flew in the face of conventional wisdom, printed warnings and good judgement and launched a twin bed sized air mattress into the whitewater in Yosemite. This is NOT a recommendation or endorsement that you try this, too. We were lucky. The current is swift and strong, but on this particular day, the amount of water and the depth of the water afforded us a margin of safety. We checked with local lifeguards who gave us information on where the rapids were and how best to approach them.

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I fell into the chilly flow of the river on the first pass over the rapids and lost a flip flop from my hand and one from my foot. The flop from my foot floated along with us and was recovered. The “paddle” flip flop from my hand was found down stream later in the day by other adventurers in rented rafts ($30 per person, includes raft rental, life jacket, paddles and pick up and return to the starting point). We are still looking for it to show up in the mail!

We had a blast! We didn’t take the camera on the first trip down the river, since we weren’t sure we would be able to get very far and didn’t want to loose the new GoPro (a Father’s Day Gift/new EncinoMom equipment acquisition) on our first day of filming!

I was nervous about trying it a second time, since I was the only one that fell off the “raft”. We sat next to each other and tried to go down stream like we were sitting on the couch watching TV. Of course the river preferred to take us lengthwise. We started out on our stomachs with our legs in the water behind us. Warren and Lisette quickly changed to sitting upright as you can see Warren’s legs in the picture above. Lisette was crisscross applesauce in the middle. I changed position just as we hit the first rapids and in I went. I did get a little banged up, to tell the truth and it was scary for a minute there. There’s no way I would have attempted this without knowing that we are all strong swimmers and that other rafters were all headed down the river without guides.

This video is from the camping portion of our trip. Up next: Part Two – Glamping in Yosemite!

View of Half Dome from the floor of Yosemite by EncinoMom photographer Warren Keating.

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Whitewater Mattress Ride — 2 Comments

    • It was a blast, Alina and a real conversation starter! In retrospect, we should have been wearing helmets.


      P.S. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Time for another trip!

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