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Old 07-11-2012   #11
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My kids were 3 and 4 when we took them on the Smith. I made sure there were other kids on the trip and they had lots of fun and safety was able to be understood. (Can't be near the water without both a lifejacket and an adult, an adult with each kid during rapids, etc. ) We have rafted every summer since then with them. The most important thing is that they don't have a horrible time and end up hating rafting. There were times we cancelled trips that we would have gone on ourselves, but the weather and waves were too much for the kids to protect them from bad experiences. Now they are 10 and 11 and this year we took them on Deso. Had a bad wind day and they laughed it off and had a GREAT time. Not sure they were ready for this long a trip before this.

If you lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. Winnie the Pooh
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