Rafting is a one of a kind adventure all in its own. It is hard to describe the kind of adrenaline rush you get from an Upper Klamath Trip with Kokopelli River Guides. I have done so many different kinds of high adventure activities such as rock climbing, hiking, mt. biking, surfing and alpine skiing. Rafting, yet totally different than all the other sports I have done, is so thrilling. It’s almost addicting.
The adventure really starts when you step foot in the van and take off on an all day adventure. Driving up in the gorgeous mountains to the John C. Boyle Dam to the river access put in is an adventure all in its own. There is a great little spot about half way to the put in where there is a fresh water spring to fill up your water bottles for the all day rafting adventure. It is so great to be able to start in the foothills of beautiful Ashland and work your way up into the mountains to the river. You can see so many different landscapes from the ranch lands and vineyards of the Rogue Valley to the mystic forests of the Klamath River basin. The drivers and guides are very knowledgeable about the history of the area so you get a little geography lesson on the shuttle ride as well.
Even though I am a high adventure thrill seeking girl, I love the fact that while rafting with Kokopelli, I know I will be safe from the time I meet the staff to when I say goodbye to the staff. The best part about rafting with Kokopelli is that they know so much about the river and can show me all the cool features the river has. If you ask, they might even teach you a little bit about how to be a raft guide. Being on this river in the middle of what seems like nowhere is so great because you are able to escape from the busy life of the world and immerse yourself into the wilderness. The only people you may run into are other rafters and kayakers just out to enjoy the same thing you’re there to enjoy.
The rapids are honestly some of the wildest rapids you can find in this area in Southern Oregon. I love that this trip is just one crazy rapid after another crazy rapid. Hearing the commands from the back of the boat, “All forward, hard, hard, dig in! Hold on!” and there you go, flying through the huge rapid. It never gets boring and never gets dull till the end of the trip when it’s time to part with the guides and go home. Even the lunch on the trip is delicious! I honestly can’t say anything negative about the all day Upper Klamath Trip. It is fun, exciting and will give you the adventure anyone is looking for, only if you aren’t afraid of getting a little wet.