"So, Allysa, are you going to buy a swimming suit?" asked Tiffany.
"No, silly, why would I go and do a thing like that?" I asked.
"Because, you're going to get wet!" replied Tiffany.
"Aren't we just going camping?" I questioned.
"NO! We're tubing down the river!" exclaimed Tiffany.
I don't know exactly what I was thinking when Steph and Amber called a few months ago and asked if I wanted to go camping at the Niobrara. I guess I pictured staying in a cabin, playing games, and making s'mores. It didn't even occur to me that we would be floating down a river.
Although this is a very non-Allysa sort of activity, there was no way I would have turned down a trip with these people.
So, on Friday, after our LAST EVER GRAD CLASS, we packed up the cars and headed north.
After their not-so-positive experience from last year, they decided to book a cabin (with air conditioning and indoor plumbing) for this year. Thank goodness! It was actually quite nice!
And we enjoyed a lovely view of the river.
On our first night there, we played games and enjoyed each other's company:
And went to test the water in the river:
The next morning, we busied ourselves making sandwiches and packing our coolers and bags.
Soon enough, it was time to go!
Regrettably, I don't have any pictures from our journey down the river. I was advised not to bring my camera, as things tend to get wet when you ride on a raft for five hours.
That night, my friends served me a birthday cookie! My actual birthday was on Friday, but I wasn't feeling well, so we kind of forgot about it.
We spent our last night playing more games and just hanging out.
Though I don't consider myself a nature enthusiast, it is hard to deny the beauty of this view.
Although I was quite skeptical about this being an enjoyable experience, I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised! I would most definitely do this again!