What You'll Get
Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as gravel boarding, rolling down hills, kicking boulders, and falling in the dust. Dust off fun with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a three-hour whitewater funyaking trip (up to a $44 value) with Crab Apple Whitewater. Trips launch daily at 1:45 p.m. in Charlemont, located about 2.5 hours west of Boston.
A funyak is a stable, user-friendly inflatable kayak (for one or two people) that's self-bailing, which means you won't need a bucket or sucky-trunked pachyderm to stay afloat. Each 8-mile funyak trip includes a paddling and safety lesson before funyakers fluffily float down the tree-draped Deerfield River. Drift among adorable eddies while listening to squirrels play forest windchimes, then brace for hectic bobbing on small rapids. In between white-capped splash zones, the trip breaks for snacks, swims, and super-sized soakings with provided squirt guns.
The friendly staff at Crab Apple Whitewater encourage adventurers to make the most of their aquatic expedition. When the rapids subside, slip out for a dip in the warm waters, and when the serene sections grow alarmingly peaceful, liven them up with nature's whitewater rapids, hand-powered splashing. The staff snap some action shots to display during the post-trip slideshow, so be sure to say cheese and flex frequently throughout the adventure. A calendar of scheduled trips can be found here.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 19, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must be at least 5 years old. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Crab Apple Whitewater
Located in the Berkshires, Crab Apple Whitewater sends adventure seekers on river-bound thrill rides daily from early April through mid-October using inflatable kayaks for Class I–II rapids and larger group rafts for Class II–IV rapids. The rafting and kayaking outfitter sits on a reservoir along the Deerfield River, where eagle, osprey, and beaver sightings are common. During the summertime, stand-up paddle board rentals behind their base camp are also available. Crab Apple Whitewater charts routes through the Berkshire Mountains on rivers such as the Deerfield, making use of natural flows and daily dam releases in order to control the challenge for kayakers and rafters of all skill levels. Trips are consistent due to dam control, but vary based on interpretations of fortunes found in the guide’s tea leaves the night before. All adventurers strap on provided helmets and life jackets and attend a safety lecture prior to casting off.