Whitewater

20 Aug No Comments Ramon Vacation

The past two weeks my sons were visiting from The Netherlands and we took this opportunity to check out one of the great attractions of the area.

Tamara, Steven, Dion, Bento and I decided to do a day of whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River.

The South Fork of the American River is rated as one of the best rivers in California for both first-time and more experienced rafters. As the premier dam controlled river in California, the South Fork is a consistent Class III intermediate whitewater river, and it has become one of the most popular rafting vacations. Because of it’s abundant dam controlled releases you can raft the river daily from April through September. The river offers a wide range of adventures, with over 50 exciting rapids interspersed with calm, slower stretches where you can enjoy the beautiful canyon scenery and each other’s company.

In the morning we drove up to the start of the upper ten miles of the river known as the “Chili Bar” section, if you drive to Reverie from the Sacramento/Bay Area direction you cross the river at this section to get to Reverie.

In the morning we drove up to the start of the upper ten miles of the river known as the “Chili Bar” section, if you drive to Reverie from the Sacramento/Bay Area direction you cross the river at this section to get to Reverie.

After the safety talk and practicing the paddle commands we started down the river that starts right out in some big Class III rapids. We tackled the exciting “Meat-grinder” rapid followed by a few more exciting rapids after which we had our first photo opportunity at “Triple Threat”.

 

 


 

 

We went on to “The Narrows” where Steven, Dion, Bento and myself got into the water and rode the rapid  swimming.

After a nice calm stretch of the river  we geared up for “Troublemaker”, the biggest rapid on the river, where Tamara finally went swimming as well, although this was not by choice.

 

 


 
 

 

All having safely made it through this troublemaker we floated into a calmer stretch to enjoy the beautiful scenery and laugh about the excitement and adrenaline rush of the morning’s rapids and swim along the raft.

An exciting way to spend a hot day close to Reverie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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