Action Whitewater Adventures

To say I had fun would be an understatement, but let’s start at the beginning.  Since I have limited access to e-mail and none to phone, I did not get the 4 extra e-mails sent to me by Chris, the owner of AWA.  I happily showed up at the original meeting time and place.  I got to observe as Chris and his crew were readying supplies for our trip down the American River.

We were the first run of the season and it takes a lot of gear and preparation to get 14 people down to the river, loaded onto rafts with all proper safety and rafting equipment.  We each wore a wet suit, a splash jacket, life jacket and  helmet.  AWA was also moving into its new home on Route 49 just North of Marshall Gold Discovery Park.

I followed Chris to the new location and met my fellow rafters and our guides.

We got a lesson in paddling and commands from Josh and were loaded into rafts.  Josh and nine guests in one raft and me and 3 guides in the other 🙂  The river was running cold, high, and fast. Our raft was responsible for the safety of the guests in the other raft and to give the crew a shakedown on the river.

If you have not rafted the American River you must come immediately to California and “just do it”.  This is a fast river with some big rapids.  The trip combines the river’s natural beauty, rich historical background, and exhilarating rapids into one great whitewater experience.  I felt completely at ease as Eric, Diane and Lindsay took turns guiding us down the river.

You can raft the American with 30 different companies, Action Whitewater Adventures is a family company, and the owner, Chris, has been rafting this river since he was 14.   Chris and his guides are comfortable taking your 8 year old or 80 year old down the river safely.  Check out the website and make your reservations.

I had an absolutely wonderful, thrilling, wet, fun ride!!

Edgar spent a fun day at Dog-Woods Resort and was well taken care of by Theresa,  I picked him up and he was dirty and, I swear, smiling.  We both had a great day!


9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Gail Watson on May 3, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I am living vicariously through you as I sit in front of my computer . . . (smile). What a great ride!!


  2. I am SO happy for you! There’s nothing like it is there? Calm floating beauty, then wild screaming, exhilerating rides. What an adventure. You are living it Girl!!!


  3. My little river rafting guide!


  4. Posted by Laura Baxter on May 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

    What a great time! And it sounds like even Edgar had a great time! How fun for both of you. We are learning so much from your adventures. Now I just need to be able to remember it all! Thank goodnes for your blogs.


  5. Posted by john sheldon on May 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Stay Awesome Cathy! Love your posts and adventures.


  6. Posted by Jean on May 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Sounds like sooooo much fun!


  7. Posted by Steve Baker on May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    North … did you get a compass? I think I see something shiny in the water!


  8. Posted by Mike Holcomb on May 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Just living the life of Riley,easy going. I quiet evening on a boat in the bay, the next day a white water rafting trip. You have it made.


  9. I am one lucky girl. Thanks for following my adventures, it means a lot to me!!


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