Kaweah River White Water Rafting with Friends

Great group to go White Water Rafting with.

Last Saturday, as a Father’s Day gift, my daughter Jennifer invited Barbara and I to join a white water rafting trip down the Kaweah River.  It was organized as a fun event by the employees of the local Bank of the West branch where my daughter works and we do our banking. I have noticed that they always hire top caliber people who treat you as a friend while only a customer, yet many have become friends through social gatherings with my daughter.

Click on photo for short video of this section of the Kaweah River

All local readers know that all the regional rivers have been running very high and at flood stage for some weeks because of the record snow pack and recent hot weather.  The news has been full of warnings, river drownings, river closures and all sorts of pleas to stay away and be safe from the very cold, fast running waters.  So there were many concerned voices from relatives and even newbie rafters about the wisdom of this trip.  Most of those in our group had never been white water rafting before.  Even this morning’s paper reported the body of a canoeist pulled from the same river at the same beach where we ended our trip.

Kaweah River next to beach where we ended our raft trip. This same view is in today’s Times Delta photo reporting on the recovery of an unfortunate canoeist who lost his life and was recovered at this beach.

So needless to say there were some “Nervous Nellies” seriously considering bailing out at the last minute.

The rafting trip was hosted by Kaweah White Water Adventures – a local company that has been rafting this river for many years.  We were also signed up for the less adventurous trip of the day. 

Their experience, detailed safety training and the fact that they started below the upper class 4+ rapids and made us walk around what I thought looked rather tame class 3+ rapids made for an exciting but event free trip.  Out of the 49 people that went in this group (our 18 plus others), no one fell out of the rafts. (Darn, no excitement).

When the trip was over, everyone was excited about how fun it was and how safe it felt.  More than one person hopped on their cell phone (bad reception and all) to inform their loved ones that they survived just fine and all the worrying was for naught.

Afterwards we had a dinner of pizza + fun food (junk food included) and played volleyball & tether ball until dark.

No volleyball photos either – I was playing.

Kaweah River at Dusk

Barbara and I had a blast.  Thank you for inviting us along.

More photos of the group here:  Kaweah River White Water Raft Trip Gallery

About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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