Tomorrow morning I will be heading to Jinja again with the USP students, this time WITHOUT our “supervisors”. Thanks to a friend here in the program, all 40-something USP students will be heading to Jinja for a weekend of adventure! Some people will be bungee jumping into the Nile (not me- NO way). Sounds like fun but I don't think I could talk myself into it, nor do I want to. I plan to watch the bungee jumping shenanigans from a safe distance however, I WILL be doing some white water rafting!
We will be loading onto I think 5 rafts (?) and making our way down the Nile not the smooth Nile that we visited last time we were in Jinja but the fast moving, alive, and VERY active Nile. I have heard that this is a pretty intense rafting experience and that most people are unable to stay inside the raft at all times. (eek) I have been trying to not pay attention when the other students are telling the scary rafting stories they have heard from past students but I am still nervous. There are two reasons why I am nervous.
1. Kelsey is not here. Now, those of you who know me well probably know that I am not the best swimmer. I can manage pretty good but once I get tired I just have to float on my back. Usually when I go swimming I have Kelsey with me, she is a good swimmer and always willing to save me if needed.
my personal lifeguard (couldn’t find a picture of her saving my life)
2. The Nile is A LOT different then the Riley Creek. Some may not be familiar with the Riley Creek. It is the Creek that runs through our campus at Bluffton- very small, very dirty, and calm for the most part (unless of course it is flooded). Last year some friends and I did our own rafting adventures and traveled down the Riley. It was fun, it was calm, it was relaxing, and no life jackets or helmets were needed. I guess I should also mention that I think I would feel a little bit more comfortable if I was rafting the Nile with the same friends I floated down the Riley with. My friends Bracton and Gregg take charge, they know what they are doing… or maybe they just act like it. Either way, I think that I would feel a lot safer with them in my raft tomorrow.
Bracton, Aaron and I floating down the Riley
(note: that is Aaron NOT Gregg (who I did mention above)- Aaron really didn’t really help that much with the paddling so that is why he wasn’t mentioned and Gregg was in the another raft on this trip)
Plus side: Jill and Abigail are in my raft with me- HURRAY! Us three are all a little nervous but also very excited! All the people in my raft seem like a lot of fun so we should have a good time. I am excited to spend some time getting to know some of the USE students a little better, soaking up the sun (as much as I can with sunscreen applied of course), and spending time relaxing. I am assuming that I will have a good story for you all next week. If you happen to think of it this weekend send a little prayer up to the big guy for our safety. Thanks. :) You are all such a blessing. LOVE HANNA
I will put on my tough girl face this weekend and conquer the Nile! (Hopefully I will have a better life jacket then the one I used this summer canoeing with my roomies- and Ben!)