Michael Skinner, our esteemed nature leader, organized a whitewater rafting trip to the Cheoah river recently. Along with Michael, Beth and myself, we were joined by new Balsam owners Rey and Kathy Velez. Michael, Beth and I are in the raft below along with a non-Balsam guest and two guides (just in case one falls in and can’t get back to the raft!). The Cheoah is the most challenging river that the Nantahala Outdoor Center ¬†runs. Its a dam release river with class IV and class V rapids. Everyone had a great time and no one fell in, although we did manage to have a head-on collision with Rey and Kathy’s raft while they were stuck on a rock with their raft full of water! Note the expressions – some ecstatic and some sheer terror!



Cheoah raft - Skinner

The Skinner Raft

Cheoah raft - Velez


The Velez Raft

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Jim Stratigos