Canyoning

Bonjour! Yesterday we went canyoning. I didn’t know what it was until we were in the act of it. I heard that we were going to slide down rock slides and jump into pools, but it was nothing like I imagined. 

We suited up in the thickest wetsuits I’ve ever seen in my life. They were almost an inch thick. We wore harnesses with carabiners to clip in to the ropes on the steep parts of the path. And of course, we sported some cute helmets. 

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See that cool thing protruding from my rear? We wore what looked like diapers to protect the wetsuits from the rocks. 

We were in the first group that went out. After hiking for about five minutes, we descended into a river. Without any warning, we slid down a rock slide that dumped us out into a pool below. The current was rushing quite steadily, but it wasn’t dangerous. 

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We slid down into the pool from the slide on the right. I thought we would feel the rocks, but our diapers and wetsuits were so thick we practically floated down. 

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When our time was up, we returned to the cars and changed. I walked back and took some pictures of the second group. This was one of the girls jumping in. The cliff she’s jumping off is around 7 meters high. 

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We took running leaps off of this waterfall. The person in red is standing on the ledge, for a size reference. We jumped into the deep pool in the bottom. It was surprisingly easy to surface and swim. 

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The scenery was something out of a postcard. I tried taking a vertical panorama and this is how it turned out. 

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I stood on a bridge and took this.

We slid down the first slide forward, backward, and with a buddy. (One seated forward, one backward, with our legs entwined). Then there was a second smaller slide. The third area we went to was the waterfall. We slid down it, then jumped from the surrounding embankments into the pool. The highest jump was 8 meters tall (about 26 feet). We did it as many times as possible. I find that the only way to make yourself jump is to count to three and go. If you think about it too much, you’ll chicken out. 

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We rinsed off in the freezing water afterwards. From left to right: Molly, Maddi, Alyssa, Rachel, and Rachel.

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When we were all dry, we ate picnic lunches. We made our own sandwiches and ate watermelon and pudding. 

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You can’t imagine how much we love sandwiches after the caf food.

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Eating pictures are always a treat. From left to right: Sarah, Amanda, Kelsey, Rachel, and Rachel. And little Maddi in the background. 

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The second group came back safe and sound. It was so much fun having everyone scream us on as we jumped and slid. What could’ve been tedious with scared beginners was actually such a fun adventure. I would definitely recommend going canyoning if you have the change. If not in France, then wherever it’s offered. I had so much fun and will go every chance I get. 

We’re off to Cern for the afternoon and then are going to play laser tag in the evening. I’ll write as soon as I can! Ciao.

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