RIVER-RAFTING THE CLARK FORK RIVER IN MISSOULA
June 20, 2015
By Elu Kanisius, Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Montana State is the four largest state in USA which is a well-known place among the other states in USA. It has a unique landscape, beauty of view, variety of wildlife and types of sport which never owned by other countries around the world. One of them is river-rafting, a type sport for the people of Missoula.
Normally, the people in Missoula consider rafting as a recreational outdoor activity of their family which uses an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water.
The SUSI Scholars Program has been undertaken for almost three weeks in Missoula. Some of the programs were conducted at the University of Montana and some of them were out of the university. On Saturday June 20, 2015 at 12:30 – 18:00 isa special moment and an unforgettable experience that has never been practiced in the life of some SUSI Scholars 2015. Rafting is a kind of leadership program which organized by the Program Team in Missoula where it is a thrilling experience. On the other hand, for SUSI Scholars 2015 who have never done rafting in their home country, they felt afraid in the beginning, but soon everyone would like to try of rafting although without the rapids. Rafting is often done on white-water or different degrees of rough water, and generally represents a new and challenging environment for participants.
Ms. Kitty Withgranbe with two friends her; Kaare Tollefson and John was led the River-Rafting activity from P. Hall to the Clark Fork River. It took an hour to get there. In arriving to the river, Ms. Kitty with her friends Kaare and John explained us in detail on the way of how we could be able to use wave jacket and pedal. It is aimed to avoid unpredictable accident during the rafting. There were three boats prepared by the Ms. Kitty. Therefore, the rafting was divided into three groups with eight persons in a boat. Firstly, some of the SUSI Scholars were felt scare. However, most of us were happy.