Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Perfect Storm

Ok ...check this: 13 feet of snow in 13 days and the storms stop two days before Christmas Day. The next 10 days are forecast to be clear and mild....Perfect timing. Perfect storm(s). Perfect...Just perfect. The 2009 whitewater rafting season looks to be solid!

Last year at this time, the snow pack was 56% of normal. The snowpack that feeds the North Fork American, Middle Fork American, and South Fork American Rivers is now at over 86%...30% more water than last year and last year was pretty awesome!

The news from the Northern rivers is even better with over 100% of snowfall on the Siskiyou and Lower Cascades Mountain Ranges that feed the Klamath, and California Salmon Rivers. Again...perfect!

Keep on eye on the snow packs @ Kirkwood and Sugar Bowl..for a few really good reasons: to plan you next few months of Boarding and skiing and to Book those early group rafting trips on the North and South Fork American Rivers. Also, the Middle Fork kicks in when the run-off starts to subside. The California trips fire up in March and then it is simply....ON!

Perfect Storm?...Bring it!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Life Begins & Winter Begins, too!

"....this just in, Ashley joined the party at 3:14 a.m. Friday morning at 2 lbs 14 ounces and 15 inches long. She is a healthy 30-week preemie. Mom is rocking the hospital in record time and doing well with a Monday discharge looming. After a few flat wraps, tube stands and complete dump trucks, the team at Kaiser busted out the z-drag early Friday morning and, in perfect, harmony, dismantled the seal-a-meal wrap in 14 minutes with a healthy Ashley! We now appear to be in nice, big class 3 wave trains, and as long as we keep it tee'd up, I think we are gonna have a good time from here on out. We are sooooo stoked and have everything we could have dreamed."

Life begins again. Mike and his wife have the best Christmas present any young couple would want. As you see, his enthusiasm for living is apparent in his description as he relays the blessed event in terms of white water rafting nomenclature. He is one of our best guides. He is a professional man who doesn't need the weekend work as a white water rafting guide. His job puts him in an economic bracket enjoyed by few. He is there for us purely out of his pleasure for the extreme sport of rafting and sharing with others who love the lifestyle.

Big Poppa, just in from the mountains of Donner Summit ... yes, the snow is happening ... and winter begins...

It's Freakin' ON!!!!!!!!!!
It's cold, it's raining, and the snow is coming down up high...that's how we like it!!!!

After an early rain and a long stretch of dry, warm weather...the real-deal cold weather has fired up and we're looking at a series of winter storms that promise to pile it up and prep the dry ground for a spring run-off to guarantee a fabulous (yeah ...I said "fabulous") rafting season for whitewater trips and group rafting.

Get out your boards, sticks, blades, layers for winter rippin' and in just three short months, the men and women from W.E.T. River Trips will be enjoying the new season on the awesome whitewater rivers of California!
So as you Get out...Get on it...and then Get in it!!

Wow... it feels like we just closed the door on 2008, and here we go again into 2009. Life begins again for WET River Trips with this latest storm! Congratulations to Mike and his wife for bringing the ultimate lifestyle choice into their world. And, for the rest of us... it's slope time, then river time and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Merry, Happy, Joy and Peace to all!

Monday, December 15, 2008

American River Trips go Green

The 28th Annual International Motorcycle Show sponsored by Cycle World comes to San Mateo in Northern California on December 19th. The latest and greatest machines from the international motorcycle community will be represented. Visitors will have the opportunity to take test rides and kick tires. There will also be stunt shows by Jason Britton and the No-limits crew as well as the opportunity to meet and greet pro racers, and custom builders. (Photo below by: Jeff Henshaw)

With Motorcycles becoming more "Green " than ever with an industry wide MPG average of over 50 mpg, motorcycles are the last bastion of guiltless performance and cutting edge technologies (hydrogen, diesel, and electricity now power experimental and production bikes).


So save some money and use the extra cash for the ultimate 'Green" thrill of group rafting on California whitewater rivers and ride your motorcycle (By the way, W.E.T. River Trips has been using a KLR 650 to shuttle vans and trucks on the Middle Fork American and North Fork American River for three years and hopes to expand the practice in the coming seasons.

Get a gift certificate for your adventure sports nut in the family! So ride your motorcycle to the river this spring and summer to combine an ultimate extreme sport package!

Monday, December 08, 2008


Another year has come and is quickly disappearing into the fading memories of my brain. What a whirlwind this year for our company W.E.T. River Trips. And, here we are now, facing another holiday season. Lots has happened in the last few months including a new president for our country. Woot!

Economy is a great concern for many of you and yet, holidays beckon with a lot of expenses... namely gift giving. This year, like previous years, I won't be giving the usual holiday gifts. My friends have enough stuff in their homes to open up a brick and mortar
retail store! They don't want a goofy ceramic mug or silk tie or some tacky home decor item. Yes, I know... it's the thought that counts. YES... the thought...

So, think. You know your friends. You know what they want. They want something that makes memories. Something that brings joy and a thrill to the everyday lives that we lead. Gift certificates for dinner, gift certs for rafting, holiday gifts of food... these are better choices for my friends. They don't want something that just clutters their lives or forces them out to the mall to return a gift.

Make it easy on yourself. Use the
online store or call us direct. We have great adventure options for you and your friends. 2009 is almost here! Let's get on the river and do some rafting!


White Water Rafting :: river rafting for teens and adults, a perfect gift for an active family
Surfing Lessons :: California surfing! Got a goofy-foot? Surf wet waves in Cali!
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Wine Country :: a great gift for the less active but adventurous spirit
Wine of the Month :: perfect for the wine lover or new wine drinker (that's an adventure!)
Race Car Driving :: G-forces! Perfect for the speed demon in the family who loves cars
Mountain Biking :: Tahoe rides described in a great guide book for the mountain biker
Women's Adventures :: Sea kayaking for active women of all levels
Men's Trips :: Resource Q & A for gay adventure travel by Hanns Ebensten

Happy Holidays fellow adventurers... and we will see you all for a great
California whitewater rafting trip in 2009! Party on... woot!