Howdy to all of you camping enthusiasts! We trust your July 4th was fantastic. This has been a great summer for camping and RV adventures. With our abundant snowfall and rain this year, there is one adventure that had been thirsty for passengers during the drought. Not anymore. River rafting is the best in California that it has been in many years.

Up and down our Golden State, river rafting is at its peak of adventure this year. You can go way mild or way wild this year. All rivers are happy happy this year.

Lori and Russ would like to share a river rafting trip that we ourselves took a couple of years ago. Granted, the river was very low at the time. Yet, the proprietors of these river rafting trips made every effort to make our experience enjoyable.

With water now at a very high level, the Truckee River area has rafting venues that are absolutely amazing. Rafts are available for 2-10 people for a nice day on the Truckee River. Russ and Lori suggest this area for a family rafting adventure. For a first time or experienced rafter, there are areas of the trip that have you holding on pretty tight. Not wild, but serious fun rapids are mixed with gentle floating areas where you can stop and enjoy the riverbank.

The American River is jam packed with river rafting opportunities this year. Two favorites of many folks are either the Middle Fork or South Fork adventures.

The Middle Fork has adventures, one popular being a trip down Class 3 and 4 rapids. These rapids will get your attention. These trips are best done with an experienced guide. The guides along the American River are very prudent in both the fun as well as safety aspects of your rafting trip. As an example, some trips are about 18 miles in length down the river. There are some pretty serious steep drops. You know the drop on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland? Multiply that by off the chain.

Some have a buffet lunch provided as they stop along the riverbank. These trips can be a bit wild. They are extremely safe, but these are indeed, rapids. Common sense dictates being in good physical shape for these trips and knowing how to swim.

Full-Day whitewater trips on the South Fork of the American River are also rock and roll. This is a fun day. You get picked up in San Francisco, a guide tells you cool facts about the Gold Country as you take a coach to the Sierras. This is an all-day deal here. You will thoroughly enjoy it. Once you get back to San Francisco I believe you may call it a day. Experience Class 3 rapids and enjoy a nice picnic lunch along the shore on this ride.

Russ and Lori have some things you may want to think about if planning a river rafting trip. It sounds like a lot, but really isn’t when it is all oput together.

In summer months, the water is refreshing and the weather is warmer. The Truckee trips should be a bit cooler that the American River trips. River water is recent snowmelt and quite chilly. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting soaked. Check this out. Some venues do not allow ‘wet shoes’. It is recommended that you wear river sandals, sneakers, or soft soled tennis shoes. In a recyclable sealed bag, bring some dry clothes. A towel for after your rafting trip is a good idea. You may also find yourself using it to shade your face or body during open sun areas that are mild. Water bottles bring plenty. Keep hydrated. Getting constantly splashed with icy river water can kid you into thinking you don’t need as much water to drink. You do. Pack any medications or information you may need, anywhere.

River rafting is back to full speed ahead. This is a great year to experience our mighty California rivers. Enjoy their majesty and ride their rapids. Grab some adventure; get with what nature’s ‘Streaming’ is all about, and Let’s Get Rollin’!

To contact Russ and Lori, email them at Russ.Lori.Rollin@gmail.com