We were a mix of first time adult rafters and experienced youths. Our first impression of Crab Apple Whitewater was a little shaky: a harried young man scolded us or our poor parking technique. However, things improved from there and resulted in a truly memorable experience. We rafted the Fife Brook section with Frank as our guide. We had special needs (timing issues and some health considerations). THe staff adjusted the schedule and graciously accommodated our needs. For those who haven't rafted: do not be concerned. At Crab Apple, they are true professionals with a passion for ensuring their guests appreciate the beautiful scenery, have a safe experience, and also get to enjoy the excitement that white water can provide. Chances to ride the rapids, both in the raft and alongside it (toes up!) are highlights, but so are the quieter stretches where the guides describe the history of the region, the man-made and natural forces at work. I can't say enough positive about Frank (one of the owners at the Charlemont location), the highly trained staff (trained in rafting, safety AND customer service), the good quality equipment, and the excellent experience offered. Frank's passion for experiencing the river was obvious and rubbed off on us, enhancing our entire experience.Our afternoon excursion included a cold-cut lunch, comprehensive (but not boring) dry land safety training, and a 20+ minute bus ride up the Deerfield River. The balance of the afternoon was on-the-water fun. A highly recommended excursion that we will definitely repeat!
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