The New Year provided a fun level of river as we tackled the Vaal Bumper Run, from above Parys, through the islands, down past Otters' Haunt, to Big Daddy. A boisterous group made it all the more sporty. Natalie and her friends, Melanie and Mike, and Keran and Flora, tackled the rapids with great spirit. Learner guides Amelia and Cameron had their work cut out helping the clients. The trip was guided by Graeme, Stephan, Ricky and Eddison - but along for the ride were Vincent and Clive, both in kayaks. Some of the channels among the islands are now unblocked of water hyacinth. With good rains forecast, January-March promises to be one of the best for Vaal river rafting in years. Come and join us! - Graeme, yeeha@riverman.co.za. +27 56 8181814.