I was going to mention this Friday, but I forgot about it until after we were on our way and I had no access to a PC. I did try writing a post from a buddy’s Kyocera Palm-Pilot/Cell phone while on the road. Only problem was his web browser wouldn’t save cookies, so I couldn’t log in to post. (I could read the site, and it was rendered pretty well.)
Anyway, this past weekend was my bachelor party. I decided that I wanted to go white-water rafting. Since I hadn’t been rafting in 8 years, (unless you count the “drunken barging” one 4th of July 2 years ago – I don’t) and we had some people (like my step father) who had never been rafting, we decided to do the South Fork of the American River which is mostly Class 2 with some Class 3 rapids. Pretty mild, but still a lot of fun.
We left Friday evening and drove up to a camp site on the American River. (It was Camp Lotus in case anyone is interested.) We set up camp (in the dark) and went to bed. Saturday morning, our guide showed up and provided breakfast, and then we were driven up river to the launch location. We rafted back down to the campground, (about 9 miles,) and had lunch. Then we launched from the camp site and rafted down to the take-out site at lake Folsom. (Another 11-13 miles or so.) Then we were driven back up to the camp site, had dinner (the best food EVER – probably because we were wiped out) and camped again. Sunday morning we broke camp and headed home.
The guide (who went by “Gunner”) was great, and we had a blast. I will be posting some photos from the trip on my website when we get prints from the professional photo company, (2-6 weeks,) and when I get the film from the water-proof cameras developed (a few days.)
And no – there weren’t any strippers on the boat or at the campsite.