|DISCLOSURE: We received free rafting trips for the purpose of this review. All ideas and thoughts are my own.|
We had a brief safety talk and Anna answered all of our questions and we were off! We were all required to wear life jackets and the children were required to wear helmets in case they fell in. Adult helmets were available but optional at the class 1 and 2 rapids. This trip was especially designed to introduce young children to the excitement and love of whitewater rafting. None of the rapids were above a Class 2 and the kids loved it!
- Points given for different wildlife
- Points given for different colored rafts/kayaks
- Balancing on the bow of the raft while others spun the raft fast to knock them off
- Sliding off the over-turned raft from the beach and into the water
- Swimming/floating along-side the raft
- Water fights!
On our second rafting trip that afternoon, we enjoyed what is called the Sunset Cruise trip. This set of rapids included more of the Class 2 and Class 2+ rapids and got all of our hearts pumping fast! The second trip was on the "Lower Section" of the North Fork of the American river just below the town of Auburn, CA.
The Sunset Cruise was rated at a Class 2+ trip which is about a medium difficulty but still safe and exciting for the kids. It is highly recommended that you bring dry clothes to put on(will be left in the van) as it is a 2-1/2 hour trip that doesn't end until about 8:30.
We saw deer, baby river otters, turkey vultures and more! The trip ended up at the site of what was supposed to be the Auburn Dam(which was never built). It was a great way to show the beauty of the American River to our kids. It gave them a chance to enjoy nature and experience a fun new sport where they can learn to love the history of the area.
Call at 800-750-2386 for more information about their other trips and to make reservations.
What do the CLASS Ratings mean? Here is a chart to help you make the best choice for which trip to reserve your trips.
CLASS I: EASY. Waves are generally quite small; passages clear of any major obstacles. FUN FOR EVERYONE.
CLASS II: MEDIUM. Rapids can be moderately complex, however, passages remain clear. FUN FOR EVERYONE.
CLASS III: DIFFICULT. Rapids are longer, and markedly more powerful. Paddlers are required to maneuver through forceful and irregular currents, rocks and holes in the channel. CHALLENGING.
CLASS IV: VERY DIFFICULT. Very long rapids; dangerous rocks and powerful waves and currents, boiling eddies mean that precise and powerful maneuvering is required. THRILLSEEKERS.
CLASS V: EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. Quite violent and long rapids follow each other with little interruption; a severely obstructed riverbed with big drops; seep gradient and a violent current. EXPERIENCED THRILLSEEKERS.
While we are planning on making this an annual tradition, my hubby and I have decided that we might have to make another trip sooner than later so that we may try some Class 3 trips. We are HOOKED!