Although thrilling, whitewater rafting also imparts essential survival skills for escaping a flood or malfunctioning car wash. Master the foam with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a weekday rafting adventure and barbecue lunch, valid Monday through Friday from U.S. Rafting (a $129 value) in West Forks, Maine.
U.S. Rafting's guides plunge through the Kennebec River's Class III/IV rapids, leading fully provisioned rafters of all experience levels on excursions scheduled to fit within daylight hours. Groups arriving at the base lodge are clad in helmets, tossed a paddle, encased in lamination, and whisked to the Harris Dam put-in. Each raft's group of 8–10 people works together to navigate notable rapids such as Rock Garden, Whitewasher, and Magic Falls. A hearty barbecue lunch nourishes river-masters, reinvigorating them to ride waves or lasso a river sprite.
Rafters should take cues on river fashion from the packing list, which includes bathing suits or nylon shorts, noncotton shirts or windbreakers, extra footwear, and sunscreen-dabbled cheeks. A change of clothes for the ride home keeps rafters dry and vinyl seat cushions from becoming slip 'n' slides. U.S. Rafting also offers lodging for groups looking to expand their aqueous escapades into lengthier outdoor excursions.
Whether cruising along the lower portion of the Kennebec River or crashing through the Class V rapids of the Dead River, the guides at U.S. Rafting treat groups to the varied outdoor adventures of Maine's untapped wilderness. Along with the whitewater odysseys, explorers can hike to the majestic 90-foot Moxie Falls, trade baseball cards with black bears on the Appalachian Trail, and paddle canoes on Indian Pond—a lake that's home to deer, moose, and several species of fish including bass and salmon. Located on the property, the Outpost Lodge accommodates up to 20 visitors in a knotty pine wilderness atmosphere. .