On Monday 14 July, Dad, Ollie and I went rafting on the river Aude. It was awesome.
Me (middle) and Ollie (right) geared up ready to raft.
I went with the guide, Ollie went with Dad, and there were some other people who went with each other.
The rapids were awesome and I got splashed in the face at every one. There were also two dams, and they had slides down the sides with a little drop at the ends.
The rapids just below Le Palace, Quillan
Stephen and Ollie (left), me and the guide (right)
Later in the rafting we were on a calm bit and the guide said we could jump in and have a swim if we wanted, so I took the chance and leaped in, shoes and all. It was quite deep and very cold. And after my swim I couldn’t get back onto the raft because it did have sides so Dad helped me up.
Then after a few more swims the guide told me to stand up at the front of the raft so I stood up and it was fine but then he told me to stand up ON THE SIDES and I thought “oh no” but I stood up. At first it was fine but then the guide shook the raft and I fell face first onto the raft. Then I stood up on the sides of the raft again, and you can guess what the guide did, he shook the raft again and I fell backwards onto the raft, sitting down with a good, hard THUMP.
In a calm section of the Aude at Quillan
Then it was over and we got into a van, which carried us back to the place we started A.K.A: La Forge, where we got into our hired Citroen c4 Picasso and drove home to our rented apartment in Quillan overlooking the Place de la Republique.