On June 1, 2013, I joined OARS for a whitewater rafting day trip on the South Fork of the American River, which runs from the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River. OARS' scenic new camp was about an hour's drive from Sacramento, California. In addition to the joy of the whitewater rapids, I was also lucky enough to participate in the company's first raft and dine program, called, "Fork, Cork and Paddle," which included a fabulous farm-fresh meal paired with regional wine after the day's adventures.
I think my rafting photos, below, sum it up best. Plus, thanks to OARS' photography partner, Hot Shot Imaging, who took the whitewater action shots while I was too busy paddling! (You can also buy photos from them when you raft!) I wrote a story about my great trip in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Here's the link to my story: http://www.karenkefauver.com/spin-city/Cyclist-Swaps-Singletrack-Trails-Whitewater-Rafting.
|There I am in green striped shirt laughing with delight going through Class III rapids on the South Fork of the American River during OARS day trip, near Sacramento, California. Photo credit: Hot Shot Imaging|
|OARS River Park Adventure Campground is located in a gorgeous spot in Lotus, California, about an hour's drive from Sacramento. Photo credit: Karen Kefauver|
|My friend Hank and I were excited to go on the American River whitewater rafting day trip called Fork, Cork and Paddle. We listened intently to the rafting safety briefing before getting in the boats. Photo credit: Karen Kefauver|
|We learned what to do if the boat flips over or if we fall out of the raft. Safety talk was well done!|
|We were all excited to go out on the American River. Each OARS boat had about 7 people and each boat had a guide.|
|We were prepared for Class III rapids!|
|Our rafting day included a picnic lunch and a brief talk about river conservation.|
|Photo credit: Karen Kefauver|
|I was delighted to share a raft with OARS founder George Wendt.|
|When paddlers "high five" their paddles it is a way of celebrating together!|
|I could only take pictures of fellow rafters when we were not in the rapids. I kept my camera safe in a few waterproof plastic bags. Ideal if you have a waterproof camera.|
|Our raft guide, Marcelo Granados, pictured with George Wendt, right, founder of OARS.|
|Next time I visit OARS, I will stay overnight at the campground!|
|The OARS campground is in an ideal spot next to the American River.|
|Every time I go whitewater rafting I have a smile that just won't quit!|
|We were all excited for a delicious dinner that was part of our Fork, Cork and Paddle trip on the American River.|
|Fork, Cork and Paddle with OARS features local vintners. Pictured here the mother-daughter team from Lava Cap Winery.|
|My next whitewater adventure? I think I will go on this trip! This fun big billboard is at the OARS campground to provide food for thought for your next trip!|
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