A year or two ago we started a tradition of a Raft Guide Thanksgiving at our Ocoee Rafting outpost. Peter smoked some turkeys and all the raft guide brought their best dishes. We all had a blast! This year we didn’t have a chance to do it during the rafting season, so Peter was supposed to host it at his house sometime in November. Life (and a trip down the Grand Canyon) got in the way of that plan, so finally it was decided to have Raft Guide Thanksgiving in conjunction with a Super Bowl Party at Peter’s house. We had a blast, good times, great food, great friends, and (mostly) understanding neighbors which all in all made it a big hit. We’d love to invite you to this next year, but sadly you’ve got to work for us to do that! Interested in working for us? Check out: http://www.ocoeeadventurecenter.com/other/working_with_oac.htm
February 8, 2012
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April 25, 2011
Evandre got some great pictures of a bald eagle on the Ocoee this weekend, enjoy!
April 7, 2011
Last year about this time, a funny guy who knew our Ocoee Rafting Outpost “Mom”, Terri kept hanging around the outpost. He needed a job, but at the time we didn’t really have much for him to do. He kept hanging around though, and as we got busier jobs for him to do kept popping up. Finally we hired him for photo work, and he started tagging along on biking and kayaking trips with us. We’ve all come to love Luke and his slightly unorthodox ways, and this year have decided to give him a job as our Photography and Other Activities Manager. Here’s a trip report he was kind enough to prepare for us of a recent mountain bike ride on Brush Creek.
We gathered around the picnic table dressed for winter as our breath hung on the morning air. The morning sun brought with it tempatures in the mid thirties but also ushered in crisp bluebird skies and the promise of an amazing day. We spent some time drinking coffee and tea, warming ourselves and getting to know one another. Bikes loaded we made our way to the top of Boyd Gap, slowing down to watch a family of deer enjoy their breakfast just off the side of the road. At the summit, the sun had crested the mountains revealing mountops blanketed in a snow white frost. Once unloaded, we gathered for a couple of group photos and a moment to simply take in our surroundings.
Brush Creek trail, from the Boyd Gap, side offers some wonderfully fun downhill to begin a ride. Crisp, cool, with an open view of the forest, we glided downhill for a couple of miles enjoying the cold air in our lungs and the switchbacks this trail has to offer. By the time we reached the flatlands, the tempatures had begun to rise and the thought of cold was no longer on anyones mind. Zipping past towering populars and open meadows, the trail lead us up to some outstanding views of Ocoee Lake #3 and a perfect place to stop and enjoy a snack.
By now, most of us are down to shorts and short sleeves. After some well deserved snacks, some history of the area, and lots of smiles and laughs, we mount up once again to finish the last leg of our journey. We stop a few more times to chat with others we meet on the trail, to hear their story, and tell them ours. We discuss and compare “fish stories,” (heavily exaggerated, yet fun stories from the trail) and pedal the last bit of trail to our destination. A bike ride with OAC always leaves me feeling like I accomplished something. Today, I pushed myself a little harder, I made some new friends, shared some of the history of my life, and in return learned more about others. Today, some of us acomplished something they didnt think they could do. Today, we all grew as human beings. Yes….today was a good day.
March 22, 2011
This past weekend was opening weekend for the 2011 Ocoee Rafting Season. We had a few customers brave the perfect sunny weather and enjoy a rafting trip on the Ocoee. A bunch of our Ocoee Rafitng Guides also gathered to reunite with old friends, meet our new trainees, and enjoy a cookout.
We’ve been blessed with some new toys over the winter, giving us the opportunity to share just how much fun we have on the Ocoee River. Here are a couple of videos from one of our Ocoee River Guides, Evandre. Also in the boat are one of our long time guides, Katy, Nick who will be back for his second season in 2011 and Whitney, one of our photographers. It sure is a shame we don’t enjoy our jobs!
March 14, 2011
I hurt my knee back at the beginning of December, and have been stuck on the sidelines while all my friends enjoy all the hiking, biking and boating that the Ocoee River area is surrounded by. I finally had surgery a little over a month ago, and have been on the mend ever since. Yesterday marked the first time I’ve been able to be in a boat since Mid-October 2010, and boy was it a perfect day. The thermometer on Billy’s car said 70 degrees when we made it to the takeout, sunny, warm weather, great scenery, another great day on the river.
We paddled Clear Creek into the Obed, a National Wild and Scenic River. Nothing super exciting rapid wise, but there were some really fun wave trains and at least one rapid big enough to give me my maiden swim of 2011! I didn’t get any pictures of the rapids, but here are a few scenic shots, this is a really pretty place, and at the water level we had tons of fun!
March 1, 2011
Several members of the Ocoee Adventure Center staff took a trip to the nearby Cheoah a couple of weeks ago, Rob took a helmet camera video of some of the action. It’s available in HD as well, so if you’ve got a quick internet connection, change it to 720p and the footage will look even better. Enjoy!