Americans have always been determined to blaze new trails, whether wading through the waist-deep layer of tumbleweed covering Arizona or hacking through the petrified forest of national flags on the moon. Stake a claim for adventure with this Groupon.
During each day of the trip, trained guides lead groups across about 10 miles of the Klamath River. The winding waterway takes adventurers through lazy portions and intense class III and IV rapids, some of which can be ridden outside the raft. Guides occasionally pause for excursions to waterfalls, cliff jumping, or to reset a rapid's circuit breaker. They also supply all meals, serving prepared sandwiches and cooking tasty fare such as pancakes and barbecued chicken. For overnight trips, groups sleep at permanent campsites maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Tents can be brought from home or supplied by Kidder Creek free of charge.
A girl stands frozen at the edge of a cliff 35 feet above the Klamath River. A group of friends, each of whom has already made the exhilarating plunge into the water, shouts words of encouragement. Slowly, the girl releases her fear and jumps from the cliff's edge, spending a few seconds in midair before splashing safely into the river and experiencing a feeling of great peace and accomplishment.
For the staff of Kidder Creek Rafting Trips, it has been a decades-long journey in their effort to bring moments like these to life. In 1976, Richard Jones founded the nonprofit Christian organization, setting up shop in Scott Valley amid the Marble Mountain Wilderness region. Initially a horse camp, the organization grew over the years to include more adventurous activities such as rock climbing or the less-popular rock leaning. Despite the growth, the business has always retained its primary focus: to help young people step out of their comfort zones, experience new things, and grow in their faith.
More than 35 years later, the horse camp still welcomes kids into its classrooms, onto its trails, and into the arena to practice horse gymnastics. Rafting guides, all of whom have completed Kidder Creek's guide program, lead exhibitions down the Klamath River's scenic waters, which are sprinkled with class III and IV rapids. These experts occasionally pause to play rafting games, hike to waterfalls, and exchange family photos with Bigfoot while encouraging others to try new things.
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