*** It’s a great day for whitewater rafting. See you there! ***
UPDATE #10: There are still 4 spots left. You may claim a spot by arriving early with exact cash. Also, there are usually 4 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to join us. Make sure to come early with exact cash.
UPDATE #9: Weather reports this morning are showing our location to be in the mid-80s and partly cloudy with a 75% chance of no rain (or from a half glass-empty perspective, a 25% chance of rain). For the remaining 25%, isolated showers (which means it will likely not occur) are possible. So we are a go!
UPDATE #8: The email with my cell no. has been sent to the yes RSVPs. TEXT me if you need to (as my service goes in and out over there). If you do not see my email, check your spam folder, and also make sure your email and Meetup settings allow for you to always receive messages from the organizer. If it’s not there, send me a message through my Meetup profile with your cell no (do NOT comment on the event posting). See you there!
UPDATE #7: Just a reminder, when you arrive, please park in the lot around back. I’ll be the one with a red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it (see the “Parking” section of the event posting for full details)! At 1:15pm, I’ll check people in, we’ll fill out waivers, and receive our whitewater rafting orientation… then we’ll be on our way! Please be ON TIME. Don’t forget to account for traffic delays. Once we’re on the river, I WILL NOT have my cell phone on me!
UPDATE #6: It’s completely optional, but please consider tipping our guides (suggested $10 per person). It’s a long trip, and I’m sure s/he will welcome the show of appreciation.
UPDATE #5: The rafting company has confirmed Sun. June 24th as our rescheduled date, same time, same place. If you are unable to make the new date, please message me via my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting) NO LATER THAN end of day Thurs. June 14th for a full refund. No refunds will be given after that date. Please see the “Refund Policy” section of the event posting for full details. This UPDATE has been emailed to the yes RSVPs. I look forward to seeing you there!
UPDATE #4: The rafting company is currently working to secure for us a few replacement dates for rescheduling (including Sun. June 24th as well as a couple of other possibilities). They informed me they will need until end of tomorrow Mon. June 11th. I will post another update as soon as I hear back. This UPDATE has been emailed to the yes RSVPs.
UPDATE #3: Weather reports are showing a 75% chance of rain and lightening (thunderstorms) during our event, so for everyone’s safety, I’m working on rescheduling to a new date still TBD. I will announce the new date by end of today. If you will be unable to make the new date, you will receive a full refund (see the “Refund Policy” section of the event posting for full details). This UPDATE has been emailed to the yes RSVPs.
UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $77. I look forward to seeing you there!
UPDATE #1: There are fewer than 10 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $70 to $77 when the early bird spots are gone or by Sun. May 27th (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I’ll be removing those that haven’t paid by Sun. May 20th. Make payment to lock in the early bird price and your spot (see the “Payment” section of the event posting). If you’ve already made payment, the PayPal email you received is confirmation that we’ve received your payment (no need to message me asking for ticket confirmation). This UPDATE has been emailed to the yes RSVPs. I hope to see you there!
Let’s go whitewater rafting!
I’ve made special arrangements for us to go whitewater rafting through 3 states (West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia), just a little over an hour away from the DC area. We’ll go down the final stretches of the Shenandoah River as it tumbles into the Potomac, carving a spectacular 6.5-mile watercourse through the Blue Ridge Mountains with an average duration of 4 hours (range of 2 – 4.5 hours depending on water levels). At 1:15pm, we’ll check people in, fill out waivers, and receive our whitewater rafting orientation. I’ll be the one with a red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it. Then we’ll be on our way at 2pm. Please be ON TIME, and please account for traffic delays!
Our trip is made up of some mellow water, permitting splashing and floating, multiple riffles and ledges, and challenging rapids such as “Bull Falls” and “White Horse.” Class I – III rapids. Experienced guides will lead our trip, showing us the best route through the rapids while entertaining us with tales from the river. As we float by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, we’ll learn of important events that occurred in the area and led up to the Civil War. During periods of low water the trip is exclusively on the Potomac river, coursing through a majestic water gap — with a view Thomas Jefferson wrote was worth a voyage across the Atlantic.
Midway through our adventure, a late lunch *is* provided for us. We’ll have a fried chicken picnic (veggie wrap can be substituted upon request… please see “Special Needs” section of the event posting for full details) with potato salad, watermelon, and a fruit drink, right on the river as we take some time to soak up some sun!
We’ve got an early bird special for this event of $70 (lunch and all fees included)! The first 55 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sunday, May 27th (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $77. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the Payment section of the event posting.
Come join us, tell a friend, and let’s have a fun, exciting day whitewater rafting together!
If you need a ride, I suggest posting in the comment box below. Likewise, if you can offer a ride, please also post in the comment box with number of people you can accommodate.
Please park in the lot around back. We will meet in front of the red barn. I’ll be the one with a red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it.
PayPal account not required. Please follow the steps below (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your RSVP is not guaranteed without payment, and your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). You can also log into your PayPal or credit card account online to verify payment. Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out. Our events do sell out, so I recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.
- Select “Yes” under “Are you going?” (or select “Change” RSVP to add more guests if you’ve already purchased ticket(s))
- Enter the number of guests coming and click “Finish RSVP”
- Click “Pay Now” (or “Pay Online Now”) at the top of the event posting near the ticket price per person
- Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you’re paying for. Modify if appropriate, click “Pay Now” or “Check Out” button
- If you don’t have a PayPal account, click “Pay with a Debit or Credit Card”
- If you have a PayPal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via PayPal
Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 1:15pm), you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for some or all of the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in.
Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Send me a message via my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting). Thanks for understanding. =)
TICKET RESELL / TRANSFER
Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale / transfer. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message through my Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile URL, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the URL from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 9:45am on the day of the event.
If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING
- Old tennis shoes, aqua shoes, or river sandals
- Bathing suit
- Extra pair of clothes
- Glasses strap
If it’s light rain, we’re still on. If there’s lightning, we’ll need to reschedule or cancel. Hopefully, if there is precipitation, it will just be a quick passing “summer” rain. If it looks like there might be possible rain, I’ll post an update by 10:15am the day of the event. If we cancel or reschedule, and you are unable to make the new date, you will get a full refund (please see the “Refund Policy” section of the event posting for full details).