Our team consisted of 6 females and 2 males, only the girls slept in the weather-dome tent at Noah’s Ark. The guys slept outside, under the stars, like real men! When you sleep under the stars, there is one star that gets your attention, the Sun! It was about 5:30am when the Sun began to rise.
Kim, our female counselor, was up and taking in the view of the sunrise and the serenity of the Arkansas river. I began to slowly make my way out of my bed and I was looking forward to a shower. The facilities at Noah’s are adequate, but it is more of a campground than a resort area. My shower required that I pay for the water in advance, so I put in my $1 for 10 minutes.
I had an expectation of a shorter than usual, but typical morning shower. Brrr, was I wrong. The water was cold and never warmed up. I’m certain I didn’t use my entire 10 minutes, but I was clean. The discouraging part was the water in the sink where I brushed my teeth seemed warmer than the water for the shower.
After a breakfast of french toast, we made our way to Bob. That was the name of the rock we would climb and rappel. For some of our
crew, the idea of climbing up a rock 30 feet or rappelling down 70 feet was very intimidating. Kim wasn’t sure she could make the climb due to her arthritis and Abi was scared to try because it involved heights.
Abi had already demonstrated her fear of heights on day one, as the walk around the rim proved to be more than she was really comfortable with. After watching nearly everyone else on our team climb the rock, we talked Abi into taking the climb. I encouraged her to take the rock in stages, identifying various points that would count as successful markers along the climb. Abi made it all the way to the top!
Kim also made a successful climb to the top. As a matter of fact each of us made it to the top in our own time. The Noah’s Ark guides were great in helping us reach our goals successfully.
After grabbing a bite for lunch, our team prepared for the whitewater rafting adventure. Unfortunately, we would need to break up into two groups for this stage. The rafts are limited to six people plus the guide. Three of our teens had been rafting before. The Greggs, Elizabeth, Timothy, and Sarah, had each gone rafting with their family and the Boy Scouts in years past. Like the rock climb and rappelling, I was experienced in these things, but it had been more than 15 years since I had done either. For Kim, Abi, the other Elizabeth, and the other
Sara, it was their first time to try any of these activities.
Each group had a great time on the water, even if one of them took a few unplanned stops on the rocks. Our guides, Liz and David, made sure our team had an exciting adventure.
On our way back to the basecamp, we were introduced to the ghost-town of St. Elmo. It is an old mining town near Mount Princeton. It would be part of our adventure on Day 3.