3/4/2013 6:26 PM
by Karen Franklin
MINDEN - Five out-of-towners braved the cold temperatures in Minden Monday and set out on ACE Adventure Resort's first whitewater rafting trip of the season.
Although the trip was the first of 2013, it was the 30th year for staff member Dave Bassage.
"We've been out on days this cold in the past," Bassage said. "Obviously if we could control the weather completely, we might have dialed it up a little warmer, but as long as that water is liquid, we can make a trip of it."
He said the cold weather reminds him of the day he started training for the job.
"I remember I woke up with snow on my chest from it blowing through the cracks in the shack that I had slept in that night, so this brings back fond memories of how it all began," he told WOAY.
Meanwhile, the five visitors from Indiana pulled up their wetsuits, buckled their life vests and zipped up their boots and gloves. They said hitting the cold water was a last-minute idea.
"My friends are like, 'Hey, we haven't gone white water rafting,' and he's like, 'Oh, it's a lot of fun. Let's go,'" Michael Webb said. "So we just kind of made a plan, and now we're here."
The weather only climbed to 40 degrees Monday, but that motivated the rafters.
"I am an adrenaline junkie," Kathie Green said. "I love to do things that get my adrenaline pumping, and it's what I'm going for. It's why I want to do it."
Webb agreed with his college friend.
"It's going to be cold, but it's going to be a lot of fun, and interesting," he said.
ACE said it expects to have a busy summer season.