As adventure enthusiasts and wannabe outdoorsmen, when given the opportunity to raft in the Adirondacks at the Adirondack Rafting Company, John and Laura jumped at the chance and booked the trip weeks in advance. This trip seemed to have a ripple effect, as roommate Ryan soon jumped on board just a week later. While dining (and cocktailing) in good old Portsmouth, New Hampshire on a bed and breakfast partyfest weekend trip with friends Stacy and Nate just a week later, 5 total were confirmed to join Jerry's growing group as a modest group of 11. As a group that thoroughly enjoys exhilarating, exciting, and overall fun experiences, with an emphasis on togetherness, we knew this would be a trip we would not forget.
The 5 happily climbed in the spacious 2004 Toyota Corolla with 3 men over 6' tall and two small females on the glorious cool Sunday morning of August 19th, ready for a day of fun. Although there were a few bumps in the trip from Saratoga to Indian Lake, DJ Ryan eventually fell into the role of queuing music of our childhood, and by the time we rolled up to the Adirondrack Rafting Company we were laughing and singing 'NSYNC a little too loudly (for 9:16am) and other embarrassing songs no grown men should be singing (Stacy and Laura got a pass on that one).
Eventually as we were assigned our instructors, it came time for Jerry's group to split into two. It only made sense that the 5 rugged Corolla travelers would stick together, as well as be on Dan's boat as he had a special guest on board, creating two equal boats of 7. We became fast friends as Dan introduced his wife (aka wifey aka Sara aka Weefay) and we went over nicknames and the ghosts of parties past from the night before.
As the trip worn on, we knew we were paired with the perfect instructor of our group. Dan fit in great with our group and clearly deserved the new nickname of Mayhem. We had a blast translating our commands to Spanish(?ish) and modern-day terms, such as albajo (back) and chillax (stop). We do not want to leave out that Mayhem was also completely knowledgeable and professional, and most importantly we would like to nominate Mayhem as #1 Rafting Instructor in the world. If this is not possible, please award him a plaque and many cold beverages for making our rafting trip a blast.
Please be prepared for our return during BIG WATER season and a request of Dan Mayhem.
Laura Boyce, Nate Brekke, John Dreimiller, Stacy Manny, and Ryan Washburn
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