My first river rafting experience had the blood rushing through my veins and the people in my group. If you like adventure sport then you have to try it! I was part of a group of accountants who got together once a year for some serious team building. It was a good way to interact with colleagues outside of the work environment. I always thought that our Finance Conferences were boring and not as much fun as the Sales and Marketing conferences. Those guys knew how to kick-start a party.
The venue was exquisite. We were staying at the Stonehenge Africa Hotel and Conference centre in Parys, South Africa. For most part of the day we were locked inside the conference room listening to presentation after presentation. By the end of the last presentation we were looking forward to some fun in the sun.
A lot of my colleagues have never done river rafting before and that included me. We were told that the river here is not too bad and we will be going through one or two serious rapids. We had to hold on tight. Two guys decided last minute this is not for them and chickened out. We had to choose a canoe partner and were fitted with a crash helmet and life jacket.
The fun started. I was grouped with my boss at the time and had to sit in the front. I was not sure which was worse sitting in the front or having my boss check my back. At places we really had to paddle hard and the water took you through some serious rapids. Well, I thought they were serious, only to find out later they were rapid three´s!
I teamed up with a good partner and we never tipped or got soaked! We were led into quiet water where we laughed and decided this was not too bad! Unfortunately for us, we never did have the opportunity again to do river rafting on a Finance Conference. We had a wonderful time! I couldn`t wait to have the photos developed at printingamerica.com for overnight prints
An accountant joke (just to make fun of my old profession!)
If an accountant’s wife cannot sleep, what does she say? “Darling, could you tell me about your work.”
* I apologize for the quality of the photos. They were taken back in 2002.
Where: Parys,South Africa
When: November 2002