Herding Cats

The kids of the DC 3rd Ward gave new meaning to the phrase “herding cats” on our recent tubing trip down the Potomac River near Harper’s Ferry. But what did we expect with 5 adults and 15 kids between the ages of 8 and 17?

We might have fared better had we been sent down the flat water section we had requested; but when the bus driver dropped us off he somehow failed to mention the key phrase “white water, and we innocently jumped on our tubes and began the float downstream before we realized what we’d gotten ourselves into.

I suppose the best thing about teenagers is their ability to be present, to seize the moment and make the most of a situation that frankly scared the shorts off of those of us who brought up the rear. Then again it could be those young brain synapses that haven’t finished connecting – those were the days!

This YouTube posting pretty well sums up the experience:

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