In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnesty, and riding a penny-farthing down a mild incline. Today's Groupon would shock such staid sensibilities: for $140, you get an eight-person whitewater-rafting trip from YD Adventures Idaho (a $280 value). This Groupon is valid from July 23 to August 9.
YD Adventures treats riders ages 11 and up to a rip-roaring 8-mile ride down the Payette River. The main half-day trip (a $35 value/person) shoves off at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5:30 pm each day and floats for 2–4 hours, depending on water level and the current position of Jupiter's moons. Paddle-wielding adventurers drift through a plethora of scenic vistas between Banks and Beehive Bend, enjoying fresh air and wildlife photo ops interspersed with frantic paddling through Class II and III rapids. All of YD Adventures’ guides are certified swift-water- rescue technicians, and the Payette River navigators tweak routes and raft challenges for concentrated spikes in teamwork development as well as adrenaline. While participants are encouraged to tote along a snack, YD Adventures provides all the wetsuits, splash jackets, PFDs, and fake IDs necessary for a trip downstream, as well as convenient shuttle transport to and from the river from the YD headquarters.
Horseshoe Bend Rd.
459 Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend Rd., Idaho 83629