Kings River Expeditions offers scenic rafting expeditions in the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests led by professional, experienced guides. Both beginners and intermediate whitewaterers can experience the welcoming spray of the class 3 Kings River during a one-day trip that begins at either 7:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Twin Pines Camp. After undergoing a safety orientation, rafters embark on a bus ride that takes them to the starting point ten miles upriver, where sailless sailors are divided into crews of up to seven before hitting the rapids. Then, encircled by the loving caresses of a life jacket and the gentle grippiness of blue and yellow paddles, boaters submit themselves to the wild whims of the Kings River as it winds through beautiful wooded hills and smashes around stony sandbars. Both trips include a satisfying lunch of burgers and chips. Post-trip, rafters can partake in volleyball and horseshoe shining before returning to their land-life.
With their charter and instruction services, the experienced staff at Memley Aviation assists customers in traveling the skies and chasing their piloting dreams. Captain Alan Memley mans the cockpit of a pair of charter Eclipse 500 business jets, comfortably carrying up to four passengers at speeds of up to 425 mph. Weather updates, GPS navigation, and geese that have swallowed compasses also aid Alan in steering guests toward their destination in a timely, safe manner. If you crave your own opportunity to navigate the skies, Memley Aviation instructors dispenses their expertise at private pilot and instrument rating courses. At a pace tailored to their needs, lessons imbue students with piloting know-how as they earn airborne hours in a Cessna or Piper Cherokee.
The Sequoia Shuttle whisks its passengers from Visalia to Sequoia National Park, a 400,000-acre nature preserve that houses General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. During rides, an informational video prepares riders for the natural wonders ahead, ensuring that the trees’ height doesn’t intimidate insecure basketball stars. Once in the park, visitors choose from three free in-park routes, which provide easy access to campgrounds, parking lots, and landmarks such as the Crescent Meadow and the Giant Forest Museum. The Sequoia Shuttle cuts down on the exhaust fumes and noise pollution that private vehicles inject into the park atmosphere, preserving a peaceful environment where critters can roam and trees can nurse their woodpecker-induced concussions.