Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Upper Navua River–August 28, 2013

Elder and Sister Tennis’ family has been visiting.  They took their daughter, her husband and their two kids back to Nadi to fly out and only their son Robert stayed.  And they wanted adventure, so we went to the upper Navua River and floated down.  Sister Tennis decided she didn’t want to go, so it was just the four of us that went.

We got a heck of a deal, and we all thought we should have paid more for all the fun we had.  First off their van was broken down so they hired a taxi to take us up to the top.  Wow, what a ride.  Up through the jungle on this one car wide track and I kept thinking what happens when something comes down.  Well we found out when a big truck was all of a sudden right in front of us.  And after I gasped, the driver calmly moved over and with inches to spare we passed each other.  Okay, breath again!

The jungle was amazing and we stopped along the way for pictures, alas, the camera just doesn’t do it justice.  Up we went until all of a sudden we spotted washing on the line and at the top are two big villages.  You better make a list if you live there, you don’t want to forget anything when you live that far from town.

We unloaded at the most amazing gorge and hiked a short way down where they blew up the kayaks and our big fluffy raft.  We requested a raft and had we known how shallow it was, we probably would have gone with the kayaks.

Our guide was so good, his favorite thing to say was, “don’t worry”.  The river was very low and there were times when we had to get out and push, and in one little stretch of rapids Dew almost fell in backwards when we hit a rock, but we managed to grab him and pull him back in.

We passed through one of the most amazing gorges I have ever seen.  It was narrow, steep, and there were long vines hanging down to the river.  You thought Tarzan would swing by any second.

We stopped for lunch and the guys all hiked up to a waterfall and went swimming.  I stayed with the raft and relaxed.

Finally we arrived at the confluence of two rivers and they became the Lower Navua River.  At this point a long boat with a motor met us and we motored the rest of the way back.  It was a amazing day, and we had a marvelous time.  Work?  What work?


Short video of Upper Navua River 1m 40s

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