Sunday, 27 October 2019

Wet And Wild

October is nearing it's wet and dismal end, and the festival of Halloween approaches.  Traditionally the time when the boundary between our world and the unseen world thins, and spirits walk abroad for this solitary night.  Bonfires and raging hearth fires were commonplace in ancient times, the warmth and light keeping the spirits from encroaching too closely.  If the fires weren't enough, there were always grotesquely-carved turnips (the traditional choice, especially in the Celtic  lands and north of England) and pumpkins (something I never saw as a child) to scare them away.

Sometimes, living on life's darkside is a little like the liminal time of Halloween - you end up with one foot in 'normal' (whatever that really is) life and one foot in a somewhat more decadent region.  The disparity flashes up at unexpected times.  Looking through books in the local library or bookshop something might catch your eye among the titles, such as CBT.  In normal parlance this, of course, is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  On the darkside, it is Cock and Ball Torture, and it's probably best not to get them mixed up at the wrong party or social gathering -  the invited local MP wouldn't have a clue about psycho-social intervention.

There is another one, too.  Watersports.  Yes, some immediately think of swimming, boating, water-skiing, rowing, etc.  Others will think immediately of something else...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - my usual kind of watersports.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - my usual kind of watersports.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - my usual kind of watersports.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - my usual kind of watersports.
Some people are just odd, of course.  Why anyone would think of rowing, and not pissing into the mouth of a willing lover, is beyond me, but then it takes all sorts.

I'm no stranger to the delights of emptying my bladder as a form of foreplay, nor of the special delights of a rubber catsuit and a little hard leather spanking paddle, but last weekend I did actually indulge in that odd form of watersports that still involves a bit of rubber and a bit of paddling... but also a river and an inflatable boat.  Yes, I was at the National White-Water Rafting Centre near Bala in lovely Wales for a bit of a bucket-list trip - a journey down a tough, fast, rock-strewn cascading river.

The Centre, based next to the River Tryweryn, is perfect - not only picturesque and delightful, but the upstream Llyn Celyn resevoir regularly disgorges water into the river, resulting in a fast-flowing force that heads past the centre and all the way to the River Dee.

I arrived nice and early for my pre-booked trip (feeling a little under-dressed without make-up and hairspray - but there seemed little point...), and a quick look at the challenging river left me a little daunted but tremendously excited.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - River Tryweryn at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - River Tryweryn at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.

I had time for a last-minute cup of tea and even some cheesy chips (important for the energy, you know...) before meeting up with my guide and two additional thrill-seekers.  We had a run-through of some basic safety requirements and instructions, and then it was time to slip into a wetsuit and head upstream for the first of four runs back down past the centre.

By the time we first took to the river I thought I'd have forgotten those important safety instructions, but it's funny how things come back to you when you need them.  Despite the endless stream of rucking water we still had to paddle hard to get into position before hitting the tough sections, otherwise it's easy to find yourself being pushed into parts of the rocky river that you don't want to go.  In my wetsuit I was certainly getting pretty warm, and as we approached the first narrowed, surging section the instructions of 'lean in' (everyone leans to the centre of the boat to stabilise it) or 'get  down' (where everyone moves from the side paddling points to the inside of the boat) for the really rough sections.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - River Tryweryn at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - River Tryweryn at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - River Tryweryn at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - River Tryweryn at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.
Once the flow of water takes the inflatable dinghy you feel very much just a passenger, and the endless-changing rush of water makes no run ever quite the same as it boils, twists, turns and changes every second - I can see why kayakers visit regularly for the never-ending challenge.


We managed to make the run four times in our allotted time, the drive back upstream in the Centre's Transit van a respite from the adrenaline surge before another rollicking ride ensued.


I frequently changed positions with the other two passengers in order to rest arms and shoulders (twisting one way to paddle for a full ninety minutes for hard paddling is very hard), and at one point I was instructed to sit low down in the front of the dinghy and we headed back out into the churning water.


Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - about to soaked at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.
"Something is afoot," I thought, my Sherlock Holmes senses coming to the fore.  I was right.


Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - watersports at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - the big splash at the National White-Water Rafting Centre, Wales.

The bow of the inflatable dropped into the swell of the thundering water and I was suddenly drenched in a wave of lovely but very cold Welsh water.  Fabulous.


Eventually our time was up, and with adrenaline still surging through my veins like the water surges down the River Tryweryn, I headed home.


Something else ticked off that list, and a brilliant experience - fabulous people, beautiful scenery, tremendous fun and cheesy chips (vegan version available)!

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