Thursday, December 19, 2013

Participate In A Literary Theme With Whitewater Rafting

One of the most basic themes in all of literature is man versus nature. It can be found in classics like Moby Dick, The Call of the Wild, and even Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie. Long before people were tucked away safe in suburbia or city homes that were built for them, they had to confront wild animals, terrible weather, and other human beings who would take what had been built. While modern day humans in the first world no longer have to confront nature in the same way, people still miss the achievement that comes from conquering or surviving something that was greater than the person or the family. If you want to feel what it is like to confront nature, virtual reality is not going to cut it. You need to book a white water rafting trip through some place like

Safety and Feeling Safe
The thing about confronting nature in all of her glory is that she is unforgiving. If you make a mistake, chances are that you will get hurt or die. While the feeling of overcoming something that could have killed you is indescribable, you can see it on the faces of those who survive earthquakes in the United States. After the Bay Area World Series earthquake people were shouting their joy in the streets that they had survived, even though some people had died.

Feeling Danger
In order to get the same adrenaline rush, you need to feel like you are not in control. A good white water rafting trip is safe, but not to the point that you feel like there is nothing to it. You will need to work to guarantee the safety of everyone on the raft, and your guides will pick up the slack. All you really need to do is find a company like to take you out on the water. It is in this safe confrontation that you can find the essence of who you might have been if you did not live in a world that took the danger out of almost everything.


  1. We went whitewater rafting as a family in Colorado this summer. GREAT experience and very bonding as a family because you have to work together. :)

  2. I love doing this with my family. You made some excellent points! Great read for a beginner or someone nervous about going. Thanks!

  3. I hadn't thought about whitewater rafting before like this. I like man vs. nature idea. My husband has gone on a whitewater rafting trip, but not me, I'm too chicken.