We are a family of 5 - 3 teenage daughters and 2 adults - and just rode the Tuolumne river with Sierra Mac. What an experience - one of, if not THE best day we've had as a family. We checked in at Casa Loma, the meeting place, at 0830 - there is a bakery there for snacks, cakes and water if you need it), then were met by Scott, who then bussed us all the 5 mile drive to the Canyon floor. There are rest room facilities (basic chem loos, pretty grim but functional) at both Casa Loma and at the canyon floor). We then boarded our raft, guided by the excellent Mark, and set off. 18 miles and maybe 6 hours later we arrived at the end, exhilarated. What a brilliant trip. We stopped for lunch, which consisted of lots of fresh meats, salad (delicious avocado) and cheese with which to make sandwiches. Everything taken into the canyon has to be taken out, an excellent environmental requisite, so all the lunch was brought on our raft.
We got the chance to dive into the river and float down 1 rapid (wearing life jackets and helmets of course). Mark guided us superbly, ensuring we were perfectly prepared to deal with even the hardest rapids (class 5 on a class 4 river). Photos are taken on the way down by a team kayaker who speeds ahead, then hops out at appropriate moments. Couldn't recommend enough - cost was roughly $1200 for 5 of us.
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