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.
After spending his last shot, a shooter waits for the automatic retrieval system to bring his target back and show his accuracy. Each lane on The Firing Line's 25-yard indoor pistol and rifle range sports an automatic target-placement system, which lets marksmen sharpen their aim across both short- and long-range scenarios. In addition to supervising the range and maintaining house rules, The Firing Line's arms experts also lead classroom training that ranges from youth safety workshops to certification courses for NRA range-safety officers. Memberships grant sportsmen privileges such as gun rentals—The Firing Line plans to add gun rentals for nonmembers in the near future, as well as gunsmithing for clients in need of firearm restoration or something to do with all their inheritance from Uncle Dirty Harry.
Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions has been soaking up water-dousing revelry since 1973 with an assortment of safe aquatic adventures on California’s scenic rivers. No experience is necessary for this half-day voyage, which begins at noon and typically concludes about 5:30 p.m., on the Kings River, one of the last undammed and unspoiled rivers flowing out of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. At the Zephyr base-camp meeting place, groups of water wanderers 7 years and older receive a brief prepping on the journey ahead before donning a life vest and joining a CPR-certified guide in a six- to eight-person paddle raft. River explorers then embark on a 10-mile journey full of untamed splashes and feral rubber duckies, and seasoned guides answer any questions and fish-themed riddles that come up along the way. Between each lively bit of rapids, which can vary in classification from season to season, calm stretches give rafters the opportunity to reflect on the Kings River’s tremendous beauty or newly acquired life-vest tan lines. Victorious paddlers end the day with a complimentary snack and beverage before a Zephyr shuttle returns them back to their vehicles.