The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature’s phone with this Groupon.
$54 for a Kenai River Rafting Trip for Two ($108 Value)
Choose from the following date ranges:
- May 21–June 30
- July 1–August 30
- September 1–September 22<p>
Following a brief paddling tutorial, passengers suit up in rubber boots and life jackets and settle into their raft for a serene, two-hour float down the Kenai River. En route, guides may point out moose, eagles, and Dall sheep that flit through the shadows of the Kenai Mountains. They also highlight the region’s natural and cultural history. For an additional fee, customers can upgrade to the Kenai Canyon rafting trip or the Alaskan-trout-and-salmon-fishing trip.<p>
Alaska Wildland Adventures
As the sun crests the mountains that border the Kenai River Valley, sunlight permeates the thin walls of lodge sales manager Chad Carter’s Yukon-style cabin tent, and the surrounding pine forest erupts in a chorus of birdsong. As if that weren’t enough to rouse Mr. Carter from slumber, there’s also the prospect of what he may spy when he looks out his window: a lone moose or perhaps bear cubs.
Mr. Carter, along with the rest of the Alaska Wildland Adventures staff, remain immersed in the Alaskan wilderness for the summer season, which has helped them develop an extensive knowledge of region. But even more significantly, Mr. Carter notes how the secluded environs have helped forge bonds between staff, who enjoy a close-knit community during summer months. “They become your family,” says Mr. Carter. “You go on adventures together—it’s definitely a teamwork approach here.” Guides strive to incorporate guests into that community, limiting expeditions by foot, raft, and kayak to small groups of 10 people. They also empower guests with the tools they need to navigate the region, including maps and safety tutorials. And, after a long day’s journey, they treat overnight guests to communal, home-cooked meals of Alaskan seafood.