Friday, July 05, 2013
My boyfriend started working at Valvoline a few months ago, and one of his new coworkers, Mitch, invited him and me to come to his house on the river for the forth to watch fireworks. The white water center is just down the river from him and we planned to take some kayaks or canoes to go see them. We had been hanging out for a while and it was raining off and on all afternoon which meant everything had gotten really muddy in the woods around the river. There was a break in the rain and we headed out with three of us in the canoe and one in a kayak. My boyfriend, Kevin, had made a joke that he bet the rain would start again in the middle of our ride, and of course his joke turned out to be true. Just as we reached the half way point it started to pour again and we all got completely drenched. It was starting to get dark as we reached the shore and we started to walk through the woods to the white water center. It was mostly up hill and everything was extremely muddy. I managed to make it most of the short walk without slipping and then we reached the last part of the trail that was very steep and had water running down it like a stream. Everyone was struggling to get up it, but I was about to give up. I had to take off my shoes and basically bear crawl my way up slipping and falling and scraping up my knees. I wanted to just give up but I didn't want to ruin everyone's plans. With my arthritis it just made it that much harder. I finally made it to the top but we were all covered in mud, especially me, and soaked completely through. THEN it stopped raining. We walked up the paved path to the center and it was full of people. We must have looked liked drowned rats, but I cheered up and my boyfriend was proud of me for looking on the bright side and staying upbeat despite my struggles. Just as they were about to start the fireworks, it started to really pour and all the people tried to run for cover, but since we were already soaked we just stood out in the rain and watched the show. The wind started up a bit and everyone was getting cold, especially Mitch. The whole time during the show I was dreading trying to get back down to the canoe. Kevin said he would help me out as best he could and tried to reassure me. Thank goodness Mitch was sweet enough to find a different path that was longer but not steep so I only slipped a few times. I had to do the whole thing with out my shoes which was almost fun and Kevin held my arm and caught me every time. We made it back to his house and borrowed some towels to cover the car seats and cranked the heat on the way home when we could finally laugh about the whole thing. Today my joints hurt and my feet ache, but I made it!