I came to Maine to take a photography workshop and extended my trip to explore the area. I wanted to experience as much as possible so I looked on trip advisor to get some ideas. Northern Outdoors was one of the top things to do. I have always wanted to go whitewater rafting so I thought no better time to do it then now! I came by myself, (who does that right? lol), so I wasn't sure how the trip would go. I was blown away by the energy and great vibe of the staff. Before the trip, I had called in to ask a lot of questions about what river I should do and what to wear/bring etc. Each time they were really helpful. They recommended the Kennebec River Tour since it was my first time. The girl at the front desk that checked me in the day before the trip was great as well. The next day, on the bus ride to the river location, the guide was very informative about the area and she pointed out a lot of interesting facts about The Forks.
One person in particular stood out, and that was my guide James. I travel a lot both for work and personal, and it is rare that you find someone who is both really passionate about their job and also good at it. James got everyone pumped and excited for the trip during the safety orientation. He covered what to do if anyone went on the "special journey". As much as there was a sense of adventure and danger, I felt confident that I was safe and in good hands. James was also very knowledgable about the area. Along the trip, he pointed out various birds such as a Blue Jay, an American Bald Eagle, and an Osprey's nest. I have never seen any of those before so that was really cool!
We stopped for lunch where they had steak, teriyaki chicken, salmon, rice and pasta salad. The food was very good and it was organized as far as each person getting what they selected. I noticed they accommodated those who had food allergies and prepared them something special.
After the trip, they presented a slideshow and video which was fun and well put together.
This experience was life changing! I would definitely recommend Northern Outdoors and if I am ever in Maine in the future, I would go again. The Penobscot is next on my list!
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