“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure” In J.R.R. Tolkien’s”The Hobbit”, Gandalf sought to enlist Bilbo Baggins in an epic adventure. People normally seek out and embrace fast paced group activities because our social connection is heightened during stimulating physical adventures. Wanting to connect with the special people in our lives is ubiquitous to the human experience. And rivers, especially their rugged white water sections, are the sought-after atmosphere for these adrenaline fueled occasions.
Bring a Special Friend to the Penobscot River
The West Branch of the Penobscot is marketed as the most challenging rafting in New England. As Raylin Wiggin explains, when asked why he and his then girlfriend, Samantha, chose to go rafting on the Penobscot river:
“We were looking for something exciting to build that adrenaline and give us that stronger connected bond”.
He had the impression that the West Branch offered the most exciting rafting. In fact, they ended up rafting it on multiple occasions. In 2015, on their fourth trip, down the Mighty Penobscot, Raylin solidified their relationship and proposed to Samantha. She, of course, said yes!
When asked what is so special about the West Branch of the Penobscot River, Raylin assuredly replied:
“There’s something magical and uniquely romantic about the West Branch. Between the adrenaline pumping excitement of Class V big waves like Exterminator or the Crib Works to quiet expansive views of Katahdin. The West Branch is a place like no other. Not to mention the special feeling of community you get spending time with both the guides and the other guests you really start to feel like a family all working towards a common goal.”
The same year, Kelley Micheal went to great lengths to plan a birthday celebration for her future wife, Kerri. When asked why she chose the Penobscot, she states
“We chose the Penobscot River for Keri’s 40th Birthday destination because we had rafted the Kennebec, Dead and the Penobscot before and the Penobscot is by far the best of those 3 rivers”.
They invited 13 women who ranged in age from their mid 50s to mid 20s to share in their adventure. Of course, the wild ride on the river met her every expectation that day. It was, however, the time post-trip around the campfire that really connected them to one another. Kelley fondly recounts :
“We sang and had cake by the fire and that is where Keri announced to our small group of friends why she was not drinking (alcohol) with everyone….because she was 5 weeks pregnant with our beautiful baby girl (who just turned 1 in April)”
Join Us For Your Summer Adventure
This Summer is no different, the West Branch will be hosting other special adventures . Carol Salmon from New Brunswick CA. and her sister, Janet are planning a 50th birthday trip for their “baby” sister, Mia. And Gregg Desiderio a school principal from New Jersey is planning a trip on the Penobscot with his son to commemorate the trip he took with his father into the Allagash years ago.
If someone asks you share in an adventure with them chances are you will say yes. Because even though there are millions of ways we are different from one another. This urge for“a need for speed for both you and me” unifies us. Tap into this confluence and make sure they take you to the river, the West Branch of the Penobscot River.