Before the invention of whitewater rafting, aquatic thrill-seekers had to blast their faces with open fire hydrants or ride full bathtubs down steep hills, narrowly avoiding flocks of nesting rubber duckies. Have hydrodynamic fun with today’s Groupon for whitewater rafting from Adventure Connection on the South Fork of the American River, one hour east of Sacramento. Choose between the following options:
- $69 for a one-day rafting trip with lunch (up to a $159.43 value)
- $179 for a two-day rafting trip and wine tasting (up to a $392 value)
Adventure Connection has facilitated river-rafting trips for more than 25 years, with experienced guides helming each paddleboat to ensure safe and fun whitewater endeavors. The South Fork of the American River whips up Class III intermediate level rapids that provide a thrilling challenge for bubbly beginners and eddy-experts alike. Engage the surging surface of the river in an all-out paddle battle as you alternately careen through two dozen tumultuous rapids and calmly coast through slower, scenery-surveying stretches. The excitement ramps up from gentle watery caresses in the morning to bigger and badder boat buffeters in the afternoon – rapids that have earned names such as Satan's Cesspool and Triple Threat. Each self-bailing raft typically has a four-to-seven person crew, and an experienced guide in the back to steer, call out paddling instructions, and preside over inter-raft harvest rituals.
The one-day trip features a full day of rafting the 11-mile length of the South Fork, including a deli-style midday lunch and a post-excursion shuttle back to base camp. The two-day Red Wine and Whitewater trip, named by Sunset Magazine as one of the Top Ten River Trips In The West, and the only outing that combines fierce rapids and fine California varietals, consists of the same rafting experience, plus one day of chauffeured wine tasting, two nights of camping, and five meals. Day one will either be on the water or at the wineries, depending on weather, group size, and Poseidon’s whims. Arrive the evening before the first day to camp in riverside luxury on Adventure Connection’s 40-acre private ranch, which boasts hot showers and flushable toilets. A sleeping bag, pad, and tent will be provided, ensuring campers needn't burrow into the earth for comfort.
The founders of Adventure Connection believe in magic. Not the trickery of the stage or spells cast by mysterious neighbors, but of the spiritual, environmental, and economic boons of the rivers they have spent their lives traversing. More than 25 years ago, a group of believers came together to share their love and passion for the rivers of California, building a company that combines whitewater rafting, wine tasting, and camping along the waterways they love.
Over the course of the last two decades, the staff has guided boats through the rapids of the American, Kaweah, and Tuolumne Rivers, coasting through mild ripples or white-knuckling class V rapids. Groups often leave the rafts behind to explore the scenic countryside and renowned wineries of the surrounding El Dorado region or to pitch tents and sleep under the stars.
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