See that little blob in the water in front of the bluff?? That's Joe, Pat, Patrick, Allie, Emma, and Andrew on the Rainbow Mist Tour of the Falls.
You know the Maid of the Mist boat ride that you take when you go to Niagra Falls? It's like that, but this is a little bitty rubber raft with some young dude with arms like tree trunks rowing the hell out of that raft to get you damn near under the falls. I call it the "Hillbilly Maid of the Mist"--but only because I could never remember the name they gave it. Whatever. Dude was rowing a raft under a waterfall--doesn't sound like something city folk would be doing, that's all I'm saying.
We all did this last year and it was crazy fun. It is both very scary and a blast. And yes, you get wet--a lot. Col and I sat this one out this year--Col was barfing back at our room and I was taking pictures for the rafters. I'm always about everyone else, can you tell?
So, they start at a calm spot down the river a bit and everyone hops in the raft. They go over safety rules like "no jumping out of the raft" and "don't drown", and then you are off. Dude starts rowing and rowing and rowing. It is freaking impressive what this 18 year old kid is doing for a summer job--he's got guns, I tell you. Freaking huge guns.
Yes, you really do get very close to the falls! The power behind the waterfall is amazing and scary at the same time. It is absolutely unbelievable how this kid could fight the force of the water to get you in so darned close. And he's not doing it for much money either--I think it was $12 a head to do this.
Did I mention you get wet--a LOT.
You can see the happy rafters from the other side of the falls, where I was standing. Patrick is in the back of the raft--his cast wrapped up in like 40 lbs of plastic to keep it from getting wet. As for the rest of the group--they were soaked.
And this is why I love going to this place for vacation each year--there is always something new and different for us to do. We do things in KY that we wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to do, they don't rip you off, and the people are just so darned nice. This kid couldn't have been better--getting in this side of the falls and then rowing that raft clear to the other side, all the while making sure that Patrick and his cast stayed clear of the downpour of the falls. You can see it wasn't very easy sailing.
Did I mention he had some muscular arms?