At Sierra Whitewater we are in full summer mode, with plenty of whitewater and great fun just waiting to splash into your life.
Both the 10.5 mile Chili Bar and Gorge sections of the South Fork American are flowing five days per week, every day but Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And we are crushing the Upper Middle Fork, an 18-mile Class IV run on Tuesdays and Fridays and selected weekends.
It's an epic adventure that kicks off with the famous Class V tunnel Chute rapids!
We have overnight camping available at the beautiful riverside Camp Lotus and you can bring your own tents and sleeping bags or use our brand-new gear.
We also have a variety of two-day packages available with or without meals.
This is the summer to have fun on the water.
Come check us out. Call for more information and we will hook you up with the most refreshing fun you'll have all year.
Hope to see you on the river, goin' with the flow.
March means rafting season is here. It's time to have some fun on the river, and we're raring to go.
The 2015 rafting season is almost here and at Sierra Whitewater we're very excited.
Despite media reports of drought, we've got plenty of water. The south and middle forks of the American River are dam released so we just go with the flow.
Sacramento Metropolitan Utilities District and PG&E regulate their releases so we can optimize the whitewater rafting opportunities on the nearby rivers we raft.
Many rivers on the West Coast are not as fortunate, but we've got water!
Yes, we are still performing rain dances, chanting, praying, thinking positive and doing everything else we can to entice Mother Nature to dump rain and snow on the Sierra for February, March, April and May.
We had the biggest storm in December that we've seen in a decade and yesterday Squaw Valley reported 4 inches on new snow, so there's hope for a huge spring runoff, which would also open the North Fork.
It's time to start planning your whitewater spring and summer trips now. We've got a pre-season sale going on with very affordable opportunities for overnight camping, two-day trips as well as our all-day and half-day spectaculars.
Put a group together. Invite new friends and family.
We're sure a fun-filled rafting trip with Sierra Whitewater will be will be a highlight of your spring and summer. Call 916-952-7816 or 530-368-9027 with questions or to make reservations.
I hope to personally join you this season--going with the flow.
May is here and the river is flowing beautifully. At Sierra Whitewater, we had a great April with plenty of water cascading down the picturesque South Fork of the American River.
Next weekend is Mother's Day and I can't think of a better present for mom than a day on the river, whitewater rafting with friends and family.
How about a 21-mile full river special with a delicious lunch at the halfway point and a celebratory glass of wine, champagne or specialty beer afterward?
All for $99 plus tax.
It doesn't get much better than that. Already this spring 2014 we have had many guests who raved about their rafting trip.
One young man, "Tam," originally from Jordan but now living in England and here on a business vacation, said rafting with us through The Gorge yesterday was his most fun adventure day ever. Ever. Wow.
And "Allegra," an athletic and charismatic mother from Vallejo who rafted with her husband and teenage son this weekend, was busy making plans after her rafting trip. She plans to invite her entire company back later this summer on a team bonding exercise, river style.
Whether you want to try swimming down some rapids, jumping off a rocky cliff into the river, splashing through walls of whitewater or all of the above, we can hook you up with a fun-filled adventure you'll never forget.
Also coming are Father's Day, graduation, summer vacation, Fourth Of July and myriad other reasons to plan your whitewater rafting trip now.
Hope to see you on the river, going with the flow.
As the flagrant, blooming flowers in my Auburn front yard attest, it's almost springtime. That means rafting season is almost here.
Life is a great adventure. It is a gift to be cherished and enjoyed. Whitewater rafting is also a great adventure that should be enjoyed with family and friends, old and new.
What is so cool about rafting is that it takes you out of the cities and concrete jungles and into the scenic outdoors. Fresh air fills your lungs and cool, crisp, clean water cascades everywhere around you.
It's very healthy for the mind, spirit and body. Paddling is
a workout of your upper body, but the adrenaline rush is often so exciting you
don't even feel the workout until afterward.
The river is a very spiritual place that centers you and gives you a timeout from everyday life for just pure relaxation and fun.
To make the most out of life, it takes thoughtful planning to maximize your time and efforts. Whitewater rafting trips are also definitely worth planning.
Schedule a time for your family and friends to get together on the river this season. Look ahead to the spring and summer of 2014 and plan your rafting trips now.
By reserving your trips early, you can get the best prices and secure the dates you want.
Also, please consider whitewater rafting as a Christmas gift. To me, the best presents involve going and doing, sharing an adventure with those you love and enjoy spending time with.
Between now and the new year, we have several different trips from which to choose at awesome prices. Make this next season one that you will remember always.
Hope to see you on the river, goin' with the flow.
August and September are prime time for whitewater rafting. It's hot outside and the cool, splashing, crystal-clear river feels awesome.
At Sierra Whitewater we are booking through the rest of August and every weekend Friday through Sunday in September too. On Sept. 2, Labor Day, we are having a little thank-you celebration for guests who want to down some ice-cold Sierra Nevada with us after rafting.
Call us for details.
Sierra Whitewater was recently named the Best of the Best whitewater rafting service for the sixth straight year by readers of the Auburn Journal, a daily newspaper located 25 minutes from Coloma.
If you are thinking about going whitewater rafting this year, call us and we will answer any questions you might have and offer you the best pricing and availability that can be found anywhere in the region.
Throughout the end of August we are running the South Fork of the American River every weekday but Wednesday. And on Wednesdays, we can raft the Upper Middle Fork.
See you on the river.
I did my first 21-mile full river run in late April with a group of four from Auburn. I was definitely a little concerned going in because 21 miles is a long way, it takes a lot of energy and we had to paddle out into Folsom Lake. I didn't need to be concerned. Melanie Warlow and her husband Joe are former triathletes. They are still in excellent shape and with their friends, Ed and his daughter, Julia, it was a fun-filled, easy trip. Ed is a regional sales rep for Mohawk carpets and he gets around the country. He matched me with jokes of his own. A picture of our clean run through Troublemaker rapids on the upper section found its way into the Auburn Journal. Imagine.
On the last Sunday in April we took a couple of rafts full of Taiwanese students from Berkeley a down the Gorge. I learned a little about Taiwan including how to count to 2 (wow). Emily asked me if I thought about "stinky tofu" when I thought of Taiwanese food. I had never heard of stinky tofu, but I'm not sure I want to try it now. They also suggested bubble tea. They were a fun group with a unique perspective.
I also thad the pleasure of guiding four 30-something ladies from Placerville on a
I've genuinely enjoyed every trip so far this spring. On Saturday, May 4 in my raft I had a group of Japanese students and UC graduates from the Bay Area. They were part of a Taiko drum group based in San Francisco. One of their leaders, Mitch Matsuda, was doing perfect pike-position filps off a 15- to 20-foot cliff when we stopped to rest. Pretty impressive. The drummers could also really keep a beat while paddling.
in early May. They were celebrating Jessica's birthday. These ladies were in excellent shape from chasing kids around and planned to hit the Coloma Club, Coloma's infamous bar, after rafting. I asked them if they wanted to be towed out in Folsom Lake by jet skis or paddle out the mile or so to the take out. After 10.5 miles, they were still raring to go and we paddled all the way and were out by . Studly ladies watch out Coloma Club.
We take a lot of people from India rafting, many of whom now live in Silicone Valled and work in the hi-tech industry. We had two boats, new yellow and blue Hyside rafts with Indian friends and rivals in them. In my raft, the yellow one, we called ourselves the "Chennai Super Kings," because our yellow raft had people from Chennai, India, home to the world-famous yellow-clad cricket club led by MS Dhoni (a much bigger star than Tom Brady?), and the blue boat was named the Mumbai Indians, whose professional cricket club color is blue, and whose rafters were orginally from Mumbai. I learned that cricket is bigger than the NFL or the NBA and that more people watch cricket, and the teams' stars earn more money than our overpaid athletes. Some cricket players earn up to $26.5 million a year. Tell me you've heard of MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings?
You can learn a lot on the river, about where to get the best payroll services, what stinky tofu is and about the world's most popular sports, along with how to go big in the big waves.
Hope to hear your stories soon. See you on the river.