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Our last day in Italy was spent white water rafting, doing yoga on the side of a busy road, and eating a delicious Italian dinner right off of Lake Como.

The day began early when we boarded the bus around 7AM for a 3 and a half hour ride to Aosta for a white water rafting trip in the Alps (you really can’t say that every day). Once we arrived around 10:30AM, we got off the bus and met with one of the instructors to go over the rules and safety instructions. We went over the commands like “stop,” “forward,” “back” (all pretty self-explanatory), “left back” which means the people on the left side on the raft paddle backwards while the right side go forwards, “right back” which means the same as “left back” but opposite, and “everybody down” which means for everyone to crouch down inside the inner part of the raft. We also went over what do if someone fell off the raft which some would actually need to take into practice later in the trip! We then donned wetsuits, windbreakers, lifejackets, and helmets. We all looked incredibly stylish to say the least. After dividing into groups of 5 to 6, we all got in our rafts and began our 6.2 mile trip down the river. All four rafts made it most of the way pretty smoothly, with the minor exception of people splashing water at other rafts with their paddles (I’m looking at you, Coach Matt and Cory). The “pretty smooth trip” ended on the very last drop when a few rafts lost a few rafters! Lexi Williams ’16 and Robin Chernow ’15 completely fell out of the raft and had to be rescued, while Meg Boyer ’14 took a tumble into the water for a split second before Coach Gluck literally grabbed her by the arm and pulled her back into the raft before she drifted away. One of the guides even fell out, but our very own Jo Haller ’16 grabbed him by the life jacket and pulled him back into the raft. The only casualty was a paddle that escaped down the river but everyone was okay and all in all had a great time.

The river we rafted down at the base of the Alps.

The river we rafted down at the base of the Alps.

To say rafting down a river in the Alps was fun and incredibly beautiful would be an absolute understatement. The weather was perfect and it was an amazing thing to experience with the team.

The amazing scenery at our white water rafting base location.

The amazing scenery at our white water rafting base location.

Players enjoy lunch after our white water rafting trip. From left to right: Sophie Eiger '14, Michelle Babicz '15, Meg Boyer '14, and Jo Haller '16.

Players enjoy lunch after our white water rafting trip. From left to right: Sophie Eiger ’14, Michelle Babicz ’15, Meg Boyer ’14, and Jo Haller ’16.

After getting back from rafting we had a little bit of time to get a some exercise in before getting ready for dinner. We originally planned to go for a quick jog and do yoga in the park but unfortunately it was closed so we were left with a strip of grass off the side of a busy road. Phoebe Miller ’15 once again did a great job leading the yoga session, although it wasn’t quite as relaxed as last time, with the addition of cars honking at us, tons of crickets jumping on us, and scary spiders threatening us. It was absolutely ridiculous but everyone was a great sport and got our workout in.

Coach Gluck talks to the team after dinner on our last night.

Coach Gluck talks to the team after dinner on our last night.

We spent our last evening eating dinner right near Lake Como. It was a great way to end such and amazing trip and enjoy our last few relaxing moments before preseason together. I hope you all have enjoyed reading the blog – I will try and post a photo album sometime this week so you all can see more pictures of our adventures. Thanks for reading and be sure to follow us this season as we chase another Centennial Conference Championship!

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4 Responses to Nature: 1, Haverhawks: 0

  1. Randal thurston says:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! It’s been wonderful to follow along as the team traveled through Italy. I think I probably speak for all of your readers in saying that while we’d have loved to have been along side you on your adventures, reading about them let us feel that we were almost there. Wishing you safe travels home.

    Randal Thurston & Alyson Schultz

  2. Suzanne Tainter says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Looking forward to seeing you all this season!
    –Suzanne (Meg’s mom)

  3. Robert Bertagna says:

    It sounds like you all had a wonderful trip. You certainly used all your time very well. I am sure this will be a trip you will never forget. Safe travels back to the US!

  4. Billie Johnson says:

    Great trip, great adventures, great team! I enjoyed your photos and narrative. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Let the fun continue!

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