Rafting the Gallego River.
Oct 06, 2004
This short two days work trip rafting the Gallego River, surely brought my memories back to my trip around South America in 2005. The sun is shining, the scenery is beautiful and while floating down the river watching big birds soaring around the Mallos de Riglos (spectacular rock formations popular with rock climbers) in the foothills of the Pyrenees, I get this well-known feeling of peace (with lots of action just around the corner). It is a feeling I get now and then, always when out in the nature or visiting a spectacular site. It is a feeling that makes me want to abandon the big city and dedicate my time to something completely different. Closer to nature for sure. The trip also makes me want to go on more rafting trips in the future, it is definitively a fun activity. A mix of great scenery, tranquility, action and big boyish smiles. The first and last time I went rafting on a "real river" was in Trancura River in the Patagonian Chile, just about 4 years ago. It was class III and IV rapids back then, which is more or less the same as now in the Gallego River. What I get to experience this time however, is how it feels to tip over (because we hit a big rock), end up under the boat in strong rapids with the rest of the crew, being hit by rocks in my bum floating downstream and end in some bushes in the middle of the river, hardly being able to release myself because of the very strong current. Surely an experience to have in mind for future trips. For example, when hopefully one day rafting through the Grand Canyon...