Whitewater Rafting Offers One-Of-A-Kind Experience


NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT MINNESOTA IS HOME TO SOME PRETTY DARING WHITE WATER RAFTING, PART OF THE ST. LOUIS RIVER, NEAR DULUTH, IS HOME TO THE OLDEST AND LARGEST WHITE WATER RAFTING COMPANY IN THE STATE, IN FINDING MINNESOTA, JOHN LAWRENSON TAKES US TO A PLACE WHERE WILD RAFTING AND WILDLIFE GIVE A ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE. GOOD MORNING, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO LIFT IT UP. IT FEELS LIKE A FAT GUY, I SHOULD LISTEN THIS UP. Reporter: YOU HAVE HEARD OF TAKING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED. ARE WE READY TO HAVE FUN? HERE IT COMES! Reporter: IT’S ALL ABOUT TAKING THE RIVER LESS PADDLED. THIS IS ON MY BUCKET LIST, I AM FINALLY HERE DOING A WHITE WATER RAFTING TRIP. Reporter: MINNESOTA WHITE WATER RAFTING HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1979, THEY HAVE UP TO 5000 PADDLERS A YEAR, BUT IN MANY WAYS IT IS A HIDDEN GEM. IT IS BREATHTAKING, MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IT IS HERE, AND THAT THERE ARE RAPIDS ON IT. ALL YEAR AROUND. I’M GOING TO ASK YOU TO LEAN OVER AND SAY HELLO. Reporter: PADDLERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP CALM AND PADDLE ON. IT’S LIKE A WASHING MACHINES GOING [ SCREAMING ] Reporter: IT IS A RUSH, BUT IF YOU FALL IN, TRUST ME, IT IS LIKE GETTING CAUGHT IN THE SPIN CYCLE IN A WASHING MACHINE. PRETTY CHALLENGING PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY, IT HAS DRIVEN ME TO DO IT, I’VE ENJOYED DOING IT FOR ALL THESE YEARS. Reporter: BLUE BOB NOT ONLY HAS A GOOD NAME, BUT HE IS ONE OF THE LEAD GUYS THROUGH THE RAPIDS. — LEAD GUIDES. THERE ARE NOT MANY RIVERS IN THE U.S. THEY GET BIGGER AS YOU GO DOWN. Reporter: WITH NAMES LIKE THE WAVE, 2 HOLE, AND THE BOAT SMEAR, THEY OFFER A NEW CHALLENGE ALMOST DAILY. IS GREAT FUN, YOU CAN’T SEE THE HOLES, AND YOU DROP, AND THE CUSTOMERS REACTIONS ARE LIKE WOW. IT WAS FUN. Reporter: THERE IS CALM BETWEEN THE RUSH, A BIT OF NORTHERN MINNESOTA SERENITY, SCENERY THAT BELONGS ON A POSTCARD, WILDLIFE THAT IS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT? Reporter: YOU CAN ONLY GO WITH THE FLOW FOR SO LONG, WAITING YOUR THE END IS WHAT THE LOCALS CALL THE ELECTRIC LEDGE. THAT IS THE MOST HEART POUNDING ONE WE’VE GOT, THE SHORT IS RAPID, BUT THE MOST THRILLING. WHEN WE STOPPED, I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT, AND WHEN YOU HEAR 5 FEET, IT SCARES YOU LITTLE BIT. Reporter: A DROP OF MORE THAN 5 FEET, WITH A WALL OF WATER WAITING AT THE END, BUT PART OF THE FIELD AND THE BEST PART OF THE THRILL — PART OF THE THRILL IS TO COME OUT ON THE OTHER END, READY TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. IT WAS A LITTLE NERVE- RACKING, I HAVE TO ADMIT, BUT ALL OF THE SUDDEN, YOU ARE IN IT, AND YOU CAN DEFINITELY GO THROUGH IT. YOU LOVE YOUR JURY JOB — YOUR DAY JOB? I LOVE MY DAY JOB, YOU GROW

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