Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Rafting Teens

Oh, I spoke too soon! The weather has been at extreme temperatures of 107 to 108 and up to 110 degrees this past week. People came out in droves! With the weather at its peak summer temperatures, we recommend that you come prepared for your skin protection. Sunblock, sunblock and more sunblock is the key! With your kids, consider even long sleeve protection... and even long pants. It's getting hard to keep the people in the boats, now. Everyone wants to swim and float in the river; escaping the heat. This is the best time to bring the beginners, novices and families to go rafting on the American River.

We just got a call from two people who were adamant about NOT going down the river with kids. That is a sad request. We welcome families and we hope our guests welcome them, too. These are the kids that will be our future clientele and our future guides. Be kind to children and teens. They have a hard job ahead of school, parental pressures & career choices. Try to remember being that age... try to capture the same young enthusiasm for rafting that these kids will bring. It is sad that anyone could frown upon children, teens and their families... be nice... enjoy their youthful escapades!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are here. 100 degrees... but this has been the mildest summer that I have ever seen. Beautiful weather, clear skies and great rafting trips! It's vacation time for families and friends. Everyone is trying to get the last vacation plans on their California rafting trips.

Dam controlled rivers such as the South Fork American, Tuolumne and Middle Fork American will be raftable throughout the rest of this summer. Those of you, in the know, will want to bring your family, friends and colleagues on these summer river rafting trips for a memorable time on the river. This is the best time for the younger kids and the more timid rafters or beginners.

Those of you who may have done Class 3 rafting before, should check out the Middle Fork American. Guides are saying that the top of Tunnel Chute is getting a little "sticky" and they notice that the run is harder this year. We just did a beautiful two day wilderness rafting trip on the Middle Fork American. The people were from Southern and Northern California. Everyone came off the trip replenished and refreshed... even the guides were in nirvana land. Sigh... what a beautiful river corridor... and W.E.T. was the only outfitter on the river for two whole days! A real wilderness rafting adventure!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Fourth of July Weekend!

Whoa! What a lot of people on the Fourth of July Weekend! California rafting; here we come! There were kids, teens, parents, corporate groups and just normal folks like you and I and everyone else. The weather was hotter than a pistol! Sooo many people were calling in for last minute reservations. Most of those were disappointed because we were totally sold out on both the Middle Fork American and the South Fork American. We try to let our paddling friends know that they should try to organize their rafting trips early ... we know that sometimes it's hard to get your friends and family together and organize them for one particular date. We suggest that you organize by choosing a couple of dates that are convenient for you... then make everyone organize their time around those dates. It will make your life much easier!

Summer seems to be flying by and many of our weekend dates are already filled. Try to go on anydate except for Saturdays. That is the busiest time of the week. Mondo amounts of people are there! I love Fridays and Mondays... not as many people... and easier to get the work day off. Also, W.E.T. River Trips has tons of discounts on those off days. Otherwise, call early and see what Saturdays are left!