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Best summer adventure: out on the river with Kumsheen Rafting Resort

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Summer in Lytton, B.C. We're talking hot. Imagine being drenched in sweat and then leaping into the cool waters of the Thompson River. Buoyed by a life vest and floating along, rolling over and swimming with the current.

Think about it, Vancouverites. In a few hours, you and your kids could be riding the rapids. And back to Vancouver in time for bed. What a great memory to dream on.

I've had a summer full of great adventures, but the day I spent rafting the Thompson River with my two sons, Eli and Lev, on a Kumsheen Rafting Resort trip, was exceptional. 

In the video of our trip, you can see some very happy faces. That's me laughing under the straw hat. I lost that hat half way down the river when it blew off my head and instantly sank. That's me screaming as the water crests over the boat.  And yes, that's me right up front taking the brunt of the wave.

That's Eli driving the boat looking  thrilled, and that's Lev weathering the waves by my side.

The unbelievable part about this adventure is that it's so accessible and such a radical departure from urban life. You can get in your car at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning and get out of your car at 9:30 a.m. at Kumsheen Rafting Resort on Highway 99, right outside of Lytton. The shift from the rain forest to the desert is worth the trip. Going down the river and spending hours in the canyon is completely re-invigorating.

What an easy and wonderful journey to make with your team at work, your school, or your family. On my journey was a boat carrying newlyweds and their relatives.  My boat carried my small family and the elderly relatives of the driver.  Everyone had a great time.

One small piece of advice from this happy camper: hang on to your favourite hat.

Me (right), Lev (next to me), and Eli (with both hands raised) on the river...

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