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Adventure on the Ocoee: OMOD white water rafting trip

Ole Miss Outdoors is accepting 10 students to sign up for an adventure down the Ocoee River later this summer.


The small, pleasant town of Oxford will be a relaxing, lazy place in midsummer. Most students will be enjoying their laid-back schedule, tak- ing a few classes and maybe squeezing in some pool time. But on June 29, one group of students will set out from Oxford, leaving school and boredom behind, for a weekend of adventure.

These students will be among the lucky 10 who will be part of the Ole Miss Outdoors white water rafting trip on the Ocoee River. Perfectly placed in mid-summer, the trip will take place from June 29 to July 1.

The group will set out after class on Friday and drive about five hours to the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Chattanooga, Tenn. Once there, they will set up camp for the night and wake the next morning for a full day of rafting through the Nantahala Outdoor Center. That night, the group will set up camp again and cook out on the river side.

Shannon Richardson, assistant director of campus recreation, said OMOD has taken several white water rafting

trips in the past and they always have a great turn out.

“It’s seriously one of the most popular trips,” Richardson said. “People just love to raft.”

The trip costs $230 and is all inclusive, covering trans- portation, camp fees, rafting outfitter fees, camping equipment rental, camp food and a T-shirt. Registration is in the Ole Miss Outdoors office, Turner 112, open Monday- Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As there are only 10 spots available, interested students are encouraged to sign up quickly.

Students who wish to participate need only need to bring some extra cash for snacks on the ride there and back. As for gear, students who come on the trip will need to bring a swimsuit and old tennis shoes or river shoes.

“We have all the gear, tents and sleeping bags,” Richardson said. “You don’t have to bring your own unless you want to.”

Leading the group will be two student leaders who have been trained in outdoor trip guidance. Melissa Guirola and Mona Foshee are the trip leaders for the white water rafting trip in June.

Guirola has led Ole Miss Outdoors trips before and said they always share good memories with the students that participate.

“It’s a fun way to meet other students,” she said.

She added these trips are meant for beginners and are open to any student, faculty member or community mem- ber who wants to participate.

“It’s one of those things you get involved with and you get hooked on,” Guirola said.

“You really just can’t stop.” The company that Ole Miss Outdoors will be rafting with is the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

This company that Richardson describes as “very trust- worthy” will provide a river guide who will be with the group the entire trip. In the past, groups have had leaders who were both OMOD leaders and NOC guides.

Sun, fun and spraying water: Ole Miss Outdoors’ simple summer mindset is the perfect antidote for the lazy or stressed student. What better way to cool off and enjoy the weather than with a white water rafting trip?

In a perfect combination of a weekend get-away and adventurous white water rafting, students are sure to come back from this trip with fun stories and a renewed love for the outdoors.

Although space is limited, there’s no need to fret if a stu- dent misses this trip. OMOD will still be around this fall and will more-than-likely be taking another white water raft- ing trip in the cooler weather.

For more information, call OMOD at 662-915-6735 or visit the OMOD website: http://www.olemiss.edu/cam- pusrec/omod/mission.html.