It was a birthday to remember - floating down the Vaal through mild rapids with a bunch of riotous 10-year-olds. Tracey Proudfoot organised the trip and brought along a few adults to keep order, though success was doubtful from the start. The river sorted the kids out. Damian led the trip with Shadrach for support, and Graeme and Karen along for the ride. Also boating was the Theunissen family, as Sven and Loren are investigating a guiding career: they had their first taste of rafting. This little "Floatalong" trip bypasses the bigger rapids and makes for a great family outing. - Graeme, The Riverman. [email protected]