With sunny summer days around in the month of June, a friend of mine decided to arrange for white water rafting trip. Having never done it before, it seemed like a really swell idea and I agreed to do it on a Saturday morning.
We drove to Lotus camp near Placerville, CA early in the morning from San Jose. The company that provided us services for the day was Action Whitewater Adventures. Our guide was a cheerful Costa Rican named Marcello. We had opted for a full day river and that meant rowing for nearly 3 hours at a stretch. The water was really pleasant and the second part of the river contains some really cool Level 3 rapids. We had fun the whole day with shoting and screaming and made some friends for the duration of the day who were on another raft but with the same company. Groupon keeps giving deals for rafting and do keep an eye out for it as a full day of rafting, also including lunch, was about 90$.
At the end of the trip, Action Whitewater Adventures allows you to purchase pictures from the rapids for around 50$ for 1 rapid, 75 for 2 rapids and 100$ if you want to purchase all pictures. There are some independent photographers around who charge a bit less than AWA, one example being Sierra Nevada Pictures. Make sure to apply tons of waterproof sunscreen when you go because you will be mostly under the UV rays of sun and I had a severe case of sunburn on my knees.
We were super sore from the whole day activity and went over to Punjabi Dhaba, an authentic punjabi dinner place near I-80 of Sacramento. We munched on the dinner buffet before heading back home and directly to bed to sleep.