Recently we were visited by a women’s book club who had been inspired to try river rafting by their most recent read: “River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey”. This book has a gripping account of whitewater rapids encountered on Teddy’s legendary trip on the Amazon River. What better way to enhance their enjoyment of this harrowing account than to test their own limits on an exciting day of whitewater rafting with Mother Lode! They chose the Chili Bar Run on the American River which features such exciting rapids as Meatgrinder, Triple Threat and Troublemaker.
Unlike Teddy Roosevelt though, these folks had a great time and went home healthy. Rumor has it Roosevelt was not so lucky. Nevertheless, this is a great idea: “read about it, experience it, live to tell the tale.” We look forward to hosting other such groups seeking to enhance their reading adventures with real ones. Imagine the “Leap of Faith” on our Challenge Ropes Course as an aperitif to reading Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air.”
With the end of July approaching us, we have been getting a surge of summer camp visitors. Local camps from the area such as Shaffer High Sierra and Mountain Camp have been taking field trips to join us for a day on various runs of the South Fork of the American River. We have also recently been joined by Rein Teen Tours and American Trails West Tours, touring buses that take youth on month long road trips filled with adventurous and exciting stops across the West.
These groups allow our guides to bring out their whimsical and silly sides, as demonstrated above by or guide Lindsey as he sports his purple windsuit down the river reenacting popular 80′s workouts.
Another set of groups join us on the Chili Bar run of the South Fork of the American River. After an adventurous morning of surviving class III rapids such as Meatgrinder, Triple Threat, and Trouble Maker, this happy group grubs down on a riverside buffet of deli-meat and cheeses and fresh veggies.
We have reached the busy part of the rafting season! Hoards of groups have been flocking to the water. It has been quite enjoyable rafting with all of the companies in full swing. More boats to splash around and converse with on the river. Lately we have had our rafts and customers out on all of the runs; Middle Fork, Chili Bar, and Gorge run of the American River. It’s been a perfect opportunity to cool off in the river and enjoy good times with family and friends.
A group of Boy scouts from Antioch recently joined us at Mother Lode for 5 days of adventures! The boys started off with a unique day of some swift water rescue training provided by our guides Scottie and Kyle. They are still looking forward to a full day of team building and pushing their limits on our low and high ropes challenge course, followed by two exciting days on the river as they paddle the Chili Bar and Gorge runs on the South Fork of the American River!