In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnesty, and riding a penny-farthing down a mild incline. This Groupon would shock such staid sensibilities.
$19.99 for a Two-Hour Blaster Whitewater Rafting Expedition with Class II–III Rapids ($40 Value)
River's End Rafting & Adventure Company's signature Blaster expeditions depart at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. They open for the season on May 4, but customers can call for reservations at any time. For more information see the website.
River's End Rafting & Adventure Company
The rapids rock beneath the raft, pummeling the vessel like a boxer delivering uppercuts to a heavy bag. After successfully navigating the foamy surges, the paddlers hit an abrupt drop that tosses one adventurer out of the rear of the raft. He resurfaces, bobs in the water, and then presents a thumbs up, inciting cheers and laughter from his fellow rafters.
The guides at River's End Rafting & Adventure Company pride themselves on delivering fun and safe adrenaline-pumping adventures like these. Based about 15 minutes from downtown Bakersfield, the crew transports rafters to the mouth of Kern Canyon, then guides paddlers through Class II¬–III rapids before the river yawns into Lake Ming. In addition to whitewater rafting, the team at River's End also coordinates outings including kayaking, rock climbing, and paragliding over Ant Hill, a 100-foot-high skyscraper of luxury ant condos.