You know those days where you don't even want to step outside of your house because it's just so darn hot outside? Those days where you end up spending the entire afternoon holed up in your cool basement re-watching How I Met Your Mother for the 5th time? Well, fellow heat-avoiders, what if I told you that I had the perfect summer activity that will keep you cool on a hot day while also getting you out and about and having an amazing time with friends? That would be cool right?
Well, this idyllic summer activity exists, and the best part is... it's entirely FREE. Alright, now picture this: it's a scorching hot summer day and you have a reffreshing drink in one hand, and a popsicle in another. You're in your bathing suit and you're floating down a nice and cool river in an inner tube, with your feet dangling in the water and the sun beaming down on you giving you a nice tan. Sound like something you're in to?
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Then what are you waiting for!? You can raft down Pembina River, just an hour outside of Edmonton, and achieve this dreamlike afternoon. Grab your buddies and set up a whole group of rafters! It's one of the best ways to stay cool this summer while still getting some fresh air and doing more than just marinating on the couch!
Things to bring:
- Sunscreen (and reapply more than you think unless you want to be a lobster)
- Water / Beverages (staying hydrated is key!)
- Rafts/ Tubes (duh)
- Bathing Suits (duh)
- Snacks (especially if you're like me and need to eat every like 30 mins)
- Towels (duh)
- Sunglasses (protect those eyes!)
Alright, now you're all set. Time to text the group chat and see who's in for an epic afternoon!