American Rivers are Cold

Posted Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 10:54 PM


My group at Google went on a rafting offsite today and it was a blast! I have gone on many a tubing trip down the Davao River in my Philippines high school and college days, but never down a river here in the states.

The water is much colder.

I was so excited about this trip that I got myself a GoPro. I had a helmet mount ready to go, but when we arrived, the outfit that was taking us down the river didn’t have helmets for us! I had to jury-rig a mount onto the shoulder of my life-vest, which made for some interesting video footage: extreme closeups of the side of my face and the back of my ear. Later, one of my co-workers let me use her handlebar mount which I used to mount the GoPro onto an oar. Held high above us on the oar, the GoPro captured some great video of the beautiful day.

Gigs of downloaded video files later, I cut together a pretty cool video of the whole rafting adventure. Then again, any video would look cool when cut to music by maybeshewill.

Just for comparison take a look at the class 3 and 4’s of the Davao River! (at the 2:24 mark)

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