Review: Southeastern Expeditions

 


Southeastern Expeditions

On our vacation to Charleston, SC we went on a little detour to stop in Clayton, GA for some white water rafting on the Chattooga River, and let me go ahead an tell you that it was totally worth it!

The five of us have never been white water rafting before, but this trip (like I said) was set out to be adventurous, so, of course, we had to make the stop.

We set out early in the morning to check in, and one of the main guides gave us a short (and hilarious) lesson on rafting and safety. He threw in a few jokes which made the usual boring precaution a lot more exciting as we were ready to jump in the raft and float down the river.

Our raft guides were Nathan and Lang, and they were such a joy to be with for the 5 mile trip. They were so wild and exciting that it made me feel like I was still a little kid at 4H Camp (something I will always miss!).

Southeastern Expeditions

We caught a short bus ride and walked down to the beach. Teamwork was a key motive during the day, while everyone had their part in pitching in. We carried our rafts, lunch, paddles, lifejackets, helmets, ropes, etc. down to the beach and then we set out on six hours of rafting fun!

It turned out to be a lot more intense than we had imagined. They categorized each rapid by its intensity letting us know ahead of time how hard we had to hold on. But we really loved the Section IV 4+’s!

Nathan was super easy to understand and Lang was absolutely crazy, but we loved it.

We stopped several times to take a break. Occasionally, a few of us would fall out of the raft (Well, maybe just Eric), but we got ’em back in with no worries.

We climbed onto a rock to jump into deep water, stopped by the one of the most beautiful water fall sights (It didn’t even seem real!), saw the critters of the Chattooga River, and captured a true adventure.

Southeastern ExpeditionsAfter starving for a little bit, we stopped for lunch (which I didn’t even know we got, thank god we did). Sandwiches and snacks filled us up pretty quick as we had splashed around all day.

All in all, it was an amazing experience, and I think I can easily say that we would go back in a heartbeat. We even had a kayak follow us around to get great action shots of the entire trip! We were sad to leave, but we will definitely be back when we get the chance!

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Best,

Yin

 

Review: Charleston Surf Lessons

10502233_827697410576255_4222073377529804923_n10+ hours from home, the five of us began our first day in Charleston, SC with a stellar surf lesson.

From the get go, we decided to fill this vacation with new and exciting adventures from white water rafting to wake boarding to sailing to SURFING! And we had a BLAST!

We got ahold of Josh last week to set up an appointment with them, and were pleasantly surprised to learn that they were located right in front of our hotel (Tides Folly Beach). How convenient!

We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into, but that only filled us with excitement. Anxious to hit the water, Monday morning, we headed down to that black tent and were greeted with two easygoing guys that totally fit the surfer vibe.

Dawson and Ryan/Adam (sadly can’t remember his name nor figure it out on their wall!) were the two great instructors that showed us the basics of surfing on the sand just minutes before we took off into the water. The sun was hot, and the waves were high, so it turned out being a perfect day for our mini-adventure.

Eric and Gavin, the eldest guys of our group caught on pretty easily. Lala, Jimmy, and I swallowed our jealousy along with the saltwater, but we still had a good time. Believe it or not, I got a few good rides out of it!

It wasn’t as hard as we anticipated, which was great! The instructors were with us the entire time and we truly felt secure amongst the water. They were very laid back, but still provided aid in a way that made surfing very comfortable and easy to learn. We laughed as we were swung around in the water knowing confidently that they wouldn’t just let us drown (a big thumbs up for me—drowning isn’t my favorite thing).

The hour and a half we had with them was truly worth it. We had such an amazing time. Eric even picked up a surfboard rental (at McKevlin’s Surf Shop) afterwards to test out the waters again the next morning.

Now, we’re no pro-surfers after one lesson with them, but it was just enough to have a great time and learn something we never thought we could do.

If you’re in the area and feel like surfing is something you’ve always wanted to try, hit up Charleston Surf Lessons—you definitely won’t regret it!

Thanks for reading.

Best,

Yin