Unlike the great indoors, the great outdoors offers the excitement of nature's unpredictability, such as being water-ballooned by a woodpecker. Delve into supercilious scenery with today's Groupon to North American River Runners in Minden, West Virginia, valid between September 9 and October 16 (excluding September 17). Choose from the following options:
An additional $6 guided-activity fee ($3/person) is not included in this Groupon. Campers should bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment to the campsites, but rental equipment is available for an additional fee.
The fall Lower Gauley River trip pumps first-time river runners with aquatic-based adrenaline. This riverine jewel packs more than 30 Class IIIV rapids into 11.5 miles, spaced out by long pools on which paddlers can relax for a moment and enjoy the views or avoid eye contact with overly talkative otters. Subject to the iron fist and spillway of the Summersville Dam, rafting season on the Lower Gauley lasts a scant 22 days in September and October, but even so, the breath-embezzling scenery, world-class wave trains, and provided lunch make the trip a favorite among veterans, rookie rafters, and body-boarding salmon alike.
Guests can set up their own tents and equipment on the mountaintop campgrounds for two nights amid peaceful, panoramic views of the surrounding forest, free from the modern world and its brilliantly colored jumbotrons. Although not included in this Groupon, campers may opt to upgrade from standard accommodations to deluxe lodging for an additional fee or add on rental tents and gear, such as a flannel-lined sleeping bag and pillow ($5/person, per night) or a camp kit with an assembled four-man tent and four half-inch, close-cell foam sleeping pads ($10/night). The grounds afford campers access to a campfire area and picnic table, as well as shower houses within walking distance for washing up or crooning.
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