AWA is operating under new management this season. We were lucky enough to get a groupon deal, and we had no problems when we called to book. We ended up on a 6 person boat with an amazing guide. Everyone was very professional, yet relaxed, and made us feel very comfortable.
Don't expect to show up at Camp Lotus and be on a boat immeadiately. Arrive early and enjoy the cool, calm, relaxed setting that the Camp has to offer. Dip your toes in the river. Enjoy the morning shade. Have a breakfast snack from the Lotus General Store and meet your guide as he or she inflates the raft on which you'll spend the day. There's a 25 minute ride from the Camp to the launch point. It's a great time to meet and greet your fellow rafters and gude. Enjoy it!
We were fed a satisfying BBQ meal for lunch. It's great that if you do the all day tour, your lunch is where you park. You can grab or drop anything you need from your vehicle, change clothes or shoes, and check email if you've played hooky from work!
The trip down the river is exhilarating! Trust your guide and you will be rewarded. We happened to be there on a slightly higher flow day, and even though I am usually terrified of swiftwater, I felt just scared enough, but still totally comforable with our guide. If you're aware, yet relaxed, you will get the thrilling and comfortable experience of paddling down the American River with Action Whitewater Adventures!
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