If you haven’t experienced the thrill that is white-water rafting, you absolutely need to add this activity to your bucket list! After canvassing the local rafting companies, Cindy and I settled on Living Waters as our guide for what was our first white water experience. Tom and his crew couldn’t have been more professional or accommodating and really prepared us for our day on the river.
After about a two-hour drive north into Oregon, we put in on the upper Klamath just below a hydro station. The ride was enjoyable as we got to experience the “high desert” feel on the north side of Mt. Shasta, see the largest flagpole in the U.S. in the little town of Dorris, and get some good conversation in about what we were about to experience. After some additional instruction and a safety briefing, we found ourselves in our raft, paddles in hand!
For the next 4-5 hours we enjoyed the trip of a lifetime, tackling level 3 and 4 rapids with just a couple of 5′s in there to keep the adrenaline pumping. As rafting novices, we always felt safe under the watchful eye of Tom and he did a fantastic job bringing us safely down the river. Mid-day we even put in to shore for a fabulous lunch prepared by Tom that allowed us to stretch a bit on land and recharge the batteries for the afternoon. After we crossed back into California, the river tamed a bit and we were able to get out and just enjoy a float in between the rapids.
When we brought the kids out for our next visit, we again turned to Tom and Living Water based on our previous experience with them and we weren’t disappointed. At the time, the boys were 15, 13 and 11 and even though they are all strong swimmers, we wanted to feel safe on the water with them. Once again, Tom and his crew stepped to the plate and provided a safe, thrilling and thoroughly enjoyable day on the river.
Considering a rafting trip during your stay in McCloud? Be sure to give Living Waters a call!