Crystal and Kayla were super helpful! We got there around 10 in the morning and the place was slammed. The store has everything you will need on the river. They got the six of us signed in and fitted with life jackets in about ten minutes. Crystal kept my car keys behind her counter while we were on our trip. We put our gear in a trailer behind the bus and got on board the bus. The guide went on the bus ride with us and gave us some valuable tips for making a fun trip.
The water is low, so we had to scoot off of a few rocks. Be aware - 2 of us flipped out of our tubes at "Big Daddy" rapid. I did what the guide said and just floated through the rest of the rapid before I tried getting back in. We had a blast! The first trip took us about an hour and a half to get down and was a bit of a workout. We got out of the river at the park in downtown Kernville and walked 1 block into town for lunch and Hawaiian ice (Ice House - yum!).
Our second trip went totally smooth since we had a little experience (and full bellies). The paddles really help to get down the river. After two trips down the river we had all had our fill of sunshine and paddling. We got out at the park and walked back one block to return our tubes and life jackets. We were back on the road about 3:00. All told, the six of us had a great day trip for under $300 total. We will definitely be back in the Spring for river rafting.
A bit of advice to have a GREAT time:
1. Bring water with you or make sure you are hydrated before you go.
2. Bring an old pair of sneakers that can get wet (or water shoes)
3. Be prepared for a workout. It's an exciting trip but not just a lazy float.
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