Monday, August 3, 2009

I have never been so sore

I went whitewater rafting with my girlfriend and her family this past weekend. I had never been whitewater rafting, and let me tell you, I was mortified. Once I got out there and actually did it, though, it really wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was a lot of fun. I may be able to get some of the pictures sometime within the next few days and possibly post them up here, so keep an eye out.

We stayed in Cherokee when we went up on Thursday. Cherokee, NC made me feel really...uncomfortable. For those who don't know, Cherokee is an Indian reservation for some of the Cherokee band of Native Americans. The only attractions in Cherokee, however, are a gigantic fucking casino in the middle of town, and ten thousand of those tourist trap, t-shirt and keychain with your name on it stores. It just made me feel weird. The reservation was intended to allow them to preserve their ancient religious and cultural customs without government interference, but instead a giant casino is built and a bunch of people move in and set up shops to take advantage of tourists with loose wallets. The Cherokees' ancestors must be spinning like power drills in their graves. It just felt odd. I felt kind of embarrassed for everybody involved.

We did, however, see an Indian couple on the Indian reservation. Like, a couple from India. The country. Oh, the irony.

Anyway, the day after we stayed in Cherokee, we stayed in Maggie Valley right outside of Cherokee. I found a copy of The Promise of Space by Arthur C. Clarke at a used book store down there for a dollar. That was exciting. I'm really looking forward to reading that.

then the next day we went rafting, and I am so sore today. Every muscle in my body hurts. Especially my back muscles. I was guiding the two person raft that my girlfriend and I were on, so I did a lot of twisting and straining. It was fun, though.

This is getting long. Here's a crazy picture of another Greenwood sign! This one's from around Christmas time last year.



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