…Starring Rachel in the Role of Meryl*
So, I’m just going to own up to this one. Here goes….
I’ve lived in Richmond a little over a year and have never experienced the James River in all its glory. This weekend a few friends invited me on a tubing trip. Sounded like fun. Why not? I don’t check river levels on a daily basis. Looks okay to me!
The trip was amazing. You don’t even realize you are in the middle of a city when you are floating down that river. Yes, there were a few rough patches, scary dips and currents, but I made it through. Unbeknown to me, I’m lucky to have made it! Apparently it was another dangerous weekend on the James. On Saturday night I had learned a man died on the rope swing. By Sunday, five tubers had to be rescued. And by Monday? Two more river rescues.
Seriously! I had no idea! Our Laura Geller is doing a story on river safety tonight. I on the other hand, have learned my lesson. Do a little research before you challenge nature.
Update: My friend who organized the trip said all the rescues happened above the Dam. We went below it. (Makes me feel a little better)
*side note* The River Wild was a 1994 Thriller.** (I just liked the name for this blog. Unlike the movie, no maniacs were chasing me on my trip down the James.)
**side/side note** If you play “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” this movie is how you connect Bacon to Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep. (just sayin’…)