Whitewater Rafting the Gallatin
I had the pleasure of attending college at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT – surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and access to endless outdoor activities. During my time in Bozeman I went on numerous camping trips, explored Yellowstone, hiked dozens of trails and skied the Bridgers. But one activity I never got a chance to do was whitewater rafting. I know, shame on me!
Fast forward three years later (has it really been that long since I graduated?) and I finally got an opportunity to go thanks to our good friends Hailey and Joey. Hailey and Joey are fun-loving explorers. Outdoor enthusiasts, you might say. They have shared many adventures together from skiing in New Zealand and hiking in Hawaii to rafting in the Gorge. So it was only fitting that they celebrate their marriage at Big Sky Resort where they shared many special memories.
The day before the wedding the couple invited their entire wedding party on a whitewater rafting trip with Geyser Whitewater Expeditions. Needless to say, I was stoked. When we arrived at Geyser, we were fitted with wet suits and booties (we had a late summer so the river was extremely brisk from fresh snow melt). We took a bus down to the river and went through a quick safety briefing before launching our raft. We were warned that the occupants in the front of the raft would take the brunt of the rapids and had a much higher probability of falling out. So who do you think sat up front? An overly excited me!
We had an excellent guide named Seth who was both personable and knowledgeable about rafting, wildlife, and the entire area in general — which came as no surprise once we found out that he spends the entire summer guiding on the river (sometimes twice a day) and the winter operating a ski rental business. He had us smiling and working as a team the entire way down the river…even through deep rapids that pushed my entire body back into the raft and threw freezing water in my face. What a rush!
Like any good adventure business, Geyser places photographers at various points throughout the river to capture snap shots that can be purchased when you return from your trip. As we watched a slide show of our photos, it was easy to see that I enjoyed myself because I was literally smiling from ear to ear in every…single…picture. My face hurt but in a good way. Too much smiling is never a bad thing.
Whitewater Rafting Tips
1. If you’re lucky enough to visit beautiful Big Sky during the summer, choose Geyser Whitewater Expeditions for an unforgettable day on the river.
2. If you plan on purchasing pictures, purchase on location. I just purchased a copy online (which I will share when I receive it) but I wish I would have purchased in person because they had better deals/package options.
3. Be brave and take a seat up front. Secure your feet and enjoy the ride!