9-5 River Raft trip (Ariana Berkemeier)  (3 of 6)
Clouds appear over the mountainside of the beautiful rolling hills and the clear water of the Snake River. Earlier this month, the Campus Recreation outdoor program hosted a Snake River rafting trip. (Photo by Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
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Kami Totenito (left), Chelesea West and Bradie Jones (right) are some of the great people I met while on the Snake River trip.  (Photo by Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
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The sun pokes through the trees in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Campus Recreation outdoor program offers a great way to stay active outdoors. (Photo by Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
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The raft that safely took us through all of the rapids. The front of the boat engulfed by the water is the best place to sit on a raft. (Source: WSU Outdoor Program)

I have never been much of a camper.  In fact you could say the only real camping I’ve ever done was pitch tent in the backyard with my brother, and I’m pretty sure neither of us actually spent the whole night outside.  That’s why when I decided to the Weber State Campus Recreation outdoor program’s Snake River raft trip, I was a little apprehensive. However, my feelings quickly changed as soon as we arrived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  I was greeted with beautiful views of the Snake River as we pitched our tents at the campground. In the morning, we embarked on the Snake River. Being the amateur rafter I am, I sat on the front of the raft, which is conveniently where most of the water rushes in. As we approached the first rapid, I watched the raft ahead of us get completely engulfed by the water. I was surprised that our raft made it through all the rapids without losing a single person on the raft. The second time we rafted through the water we came dressed in costumes, and I voluntarily picked the front of the raft. Throughout the whole experience, I learned more about myself and made new friends. The next event the outdoor program is hosting is the Mount Ogden Hike on Oct. 4. I highly suggest you attend if you want a great way to meet new people and stay active. I know I will be there.

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