I felt like getting back to NC and having a roof over my head would make everything coherent. Didn’t quite work out completely as I planned. But what does, right? It was nice to see my family and be around the softness of the Appalachian Mountains.
We rented a raft from the Natahala Outdoor Center without a guide. I don’t know how long that has been an option, but most of the outfitters on the Natahala seem to be providing the service nowadays. They take you 8 miles up the river and you are in charge of navigating some class 2 and one class 3 rapid.