What You'll Get
With the nation’s highways heading north to mate, Seattle residents will need an alternative means of transporting themselves to Okanogan for their cousin’s brit milah this summer. Today’s Groupon floats a fun form of transportation onto the table: for $35, you get a Wenatchee River rafting excursion (a $70 value) from Orion River Expeditions, voted Best White Water Rafting by CityVoter in 2009.
The Wenatchee rafting adventure lasts 3.5 hours and begins at the Cashmere River Park in Cashmere, about 2.5 hours east of Seattle by car (three weeks by turtle). After a brief orientation, you'll gear up in a wetsuit and windbreaker before embarking on your X-treme man-powered river cruise. The Wenatchee River is 16 miles of flat water punctuated with Class III whitewater rapids—making it well suited for rookie paddlers and experienced galley slaves alike, since calm pools of water allow a placid moment to catch one's breath before getting swept up in the next of the Wenatchee's abundant “rollercoaster” patches. While riding the bubbles and waves of one of Washington’s most popular rafting rivers, you’ll breathe the clean country air and bob past apple, pear, and cherry orchards, forests of ponderosa pine, and a Sasquatch fun run.
River rafting isn’t just a handy means of escaping legions of bloodthirsty Uruk-hai and vengeful ex-prom kings, it's also a fun way to spend a day among nature’s splendor. Call ahead to reserve a spot, bring a change of clothes (no cotton clothing) with you, and remember to arrive at least 12 years of age or older.
This Groupon cannot be used for Friday or Saturday trips during June.
CityVoters give Orion River Expeditions five stars and the 2009 award for Best White Water Rafting in Western Washington, and a reporter from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer applauds his experience with Orion:
- Orion is a company that welcomes you with a smile and takes you on great adventures. Their guides go through a rigorous training, and who wouldnt love their riverslaw? – schmidk6, CityVoter
- The fun stuff started immediately. The first few miles were all exhilarating fast water and a series of modest waves. Paddling as a team is a joy… – Greg Johnston, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 21, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid Fri. or Sat. in June. Must be at least 12 years old. Bring change of clothes, no cotton materials. Subject to availability; 24-hr cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Orion River Expeditions
Having grown weary of the Texas tropes of football and heavy-handed competition, James Moore sought some kind of escape. At the advice of his father, he enrolled in Prescott College in Arizona for its unorthodox and outdoorsy approach to education. The school's recreation program lured James to Moab, Utah, where he received his first taste of whitewater rafting. After 30 days hiking the red-rock country, rafting the Green River, and living off peanut butter and freeze-dried dinners, James was not convinced the outdoors were his calling. He struggled to develop survival skills or cultivate an innate sense of how to navigate the wilderness. After one year at Prescott, he found himself returning to Texas.
It was a three-day kayaking trip with his father and brother-in-law on the Guadalupe River that showed James that working together and challenging themselves in such exhilarating conditions could bring people closer to each other and to nature. It wasn't long before he was off again, cramming all his earthly possessions into his pastel-blue '74 Ford Pinto and departing for Western Washington University in Bellingham. Once there, his love affair with the outdoors came to fruition while hiking the lush forests and rafting the bucking rapids of the Pacific Northwest. He was finally at ease in his surroundings.
Orion River Expeditions is the living continuation of James's journey and how he has ultimately solidified his relationship with the great outdoors and his community. He and his team lead explorers down seven of the Pacific Northwest's most scenic and adventuresome rivers, from the Wenatchee in Washington to the Deschutes in Oregon. Each trip strives to bring participants closer to their fellow passengers and their natural surroundings.