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The two RV Gypsies went white water rafting and got caught in a hail storm on the rivers that border Glacier National Park.

Wild River Adventures
(www.riverwild.com)
'406.387.9453
July 8, 2013

White Water Rafting sign on building

The two RV Gypsies saw the bear and the goat in a raft and decided that they would like to do some white water rafting, so they booked a trip for the next day with Wild River Adventures. There were several different trips to choose from. The two RV Gypsies chose the half day Whitewater trip, but this company also offered full day Whitewater (with lunch on the river), evening dinner Whitewater, sport raft wild side, half day inflatable kayak, full day inflatable kayak, two day raft or a custom multi day raft trip (Whitewater or scenic, Middle Fork or North Fork) and several other choices.

Karen Duquette, a bear and a goat in a raft
Lee Duquette, a bear and a goat in a raft

The bus and rafts came and the two RV Gypsies were in their gear and ready to go!

The bus and rafts ready to load and go
the two RV Gypsies are in their gear and ready to go!

The bus dropped the two RV Gypsies and the others off at the river along the border of Glacier National Park.

Lee Duquette waiting to get into the raft
Karen Duquette and others waiting for the raft

The guide had to walk in the 40 degree water to launch the raft and bring it to where everyone could get into the raft while only getting their feet wet.

first look at the 40 degree water
the guide bringing the raft to be loaded

The two RV Gypsies smiling and ready to go.

Lee Duquette in gear and ready
Karen Duquette ready to go white water rafting

The half day adventure started off with nice weather, but since everyone had to step in the very cold water to get into the raft, their feet were already cold. Rapids on this stretch of water were featured in the hit movie, "A River Wild" and they are class 3 rapids.

Karen Duiquette
Karen Duiquette

Before long, the sky started clouding up, then the clouds got really dark and there was THUNDER and LIGHTNING.

the sky starts clouding up
a nasty looking sky

Then the rain came.

Then the rain came
Then the rain came

Soon the two RV Gypsies realized that it was no longer rain, but HAIL that was pouring down out of the sky onto them. They were glad that they had helmets on, even though it wasn't really big hail.

Rafting in the HAIL
Lee Duquette enjoying the trip
the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids
the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids

It was hard to take photographs while actually in the worse part of the rapids, because everyone had to paddle and pray that they did not fall out of the raft. But Karen did her best to get some photographs.

the river rapids
the river rapids

Wild River Adventures had people on shore that took a few photographs and later, the two RV Gypsies bought the photographs so they could be posted here.

the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids
the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids

Karen Duquette took a few photos during the rapids, before joining the gang in paddling. It was really hard to paddle when the waves were almost coming into the raft.

paddling in the rapids
paddling in the rapids
the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids
the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids

Then a really big wave came. Lee Duquette and the guy behind him got totally drenched. Lee laughed, but look at the face the other guy made. The water was only about 40 degrees in temperature.

paddling in the rapids
Lee Duquette cold and drenched
the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids
the two RV Gypsies in class 3 rapids

Finally, back in calm waters near the train tunnel. Then a train went by, so Karen snapped a quick photo.

train tunnel
Lee Duuquette and a train going by

The rain and hail had stopped now and all was calm.

all is calm
Karen Duquette has survived
nearing the bridge and the end of rafting
nearing the bridge and the end of rafting
nearing the bridge and the end of rafting
nearing the bridge and the end of rafting

Karen Duquette's feet were really cold after stepping out of the raft into the water. And of course everyone was wet and cold anyway from the rain and hail.

Karen Duquette cold as can be
Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures in Montana
July 7-8, 2013

You may visit these five (5) sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Idaho and waterfalls below.

Wild River Adventures -
white water rafting in rain, thunder, lightning, and HAIL

Kootenai Falls and
a swinging bridge

Oddities outside
Glacier National Park

Mountain Meadow RV Park

Libby "The City of Eagles"

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have seen all five sections above, please continue on to the two RV adventures in Idaho - waterfalls and more