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Whitewater Rafting: Summer 2015 so far…

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Well hello! Summer Solstice has come and gone and we are officially in throws of summer and boy does it feel good! We are having a great 2015 season so far. We have been getting in as much whitewater rafting as possible and loving it! We have launched 4 trips so far, two in April, a guide training trip and a 3 day Hells Canyon whitewater rafting trip! Phew, it’s been great, but we are only getting started! We have over 15 trips on the books for this season! Definitely our biggest season yet. We are chalking a lot of that success up to our return guests, we have many trips scheduled for this season that were either on a trip with us last year, or had a friend or family member do a trip and they just had to see what it’s all about! Whitewater rafting is a great way to spend some time during the summer, but don’t take my word for it, check out some of our favorite whitewater rafting photos to see what fun it can be! We still have some room on a few of our trips for this season, so don’t hesitate to call to find out our availability and make some of your own whitewater rafting memories! See you on the...

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Idaho River Rafting: Weekend in Review

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Idaho River Rafting: Weekend in Review

The countdown is on ya’ll! We have summer in our sights and it’s coming fast! Yikes, are we ready, well no. But, we’ll get ready in ahurry for Idaho River Rafting. Pre-season for us means utter chaos, it’s like Spring Cleaning on steroids. We have our winter projects to wrap up and gear to inspect, organize, repair, clean and put away. It’s really a lot of fun, but it can be just a bit stressful. The other thing we work against, just like everyone else is time and weather. The winters in New Meadows can be pretty extreme as far as snow, this year we had a very mild winter, but there is typically snow on the ground for 4-5 months, so we are limited on outside construction projects. This year, Spring came early, so we took advantage of the warm Spring days and became busy little Idaho river rafting bees. Here is a list of what we are working on or have finished this Spring: 6 raised garden beds, built (by my brother), filled and almost all planted. 1 perennial flower bed to attract bees and butterflies (long live the Bees!) 1 boat shop cement floor poured 1 boat shop almost all complete (waiting on the big door to be installed) 1 warehouse completed (this is out most recent project, more on that to come) 1 awesome compost bin, made by my talented brother. Will be able to compost scraps from the river trips. Chicken coop moved and new run built. 1 new 16′ Aire raft purchased and marked up, I introduce W.P. Hunt (more on naming rafts to come) 1 backyard, updated with gravel and firepit area 1 3-Day weekend spent with family: fishing, rafting and finding morels 1 very busy season, coming up! Ready, set, go… Phew, that’s a pretty long list! It’s been great fun and this Idaho river rafting company can’t wait for summer to be here and for all the great guests we will take rafting this season. We are very lucky to do what we love, what’s the old saying: Do what you love, love what you do? That holds true for us, we absolutely love what we do! See you on the...

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Snake River Fishing: Acclimation for Chinook Salmon Site

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Snake River Fishing: Acclimation for Chinook Salmon Site

We just returned yesterday from a 3-day Hells Canyon trip. We had a great time, great weather and great guests- you could say we are pretty grateful for our work and our public lands in which we get to recreate. Spring time in Hells Canyon means many things: wildflowers, cool mornings, hot afternoons, blossoms, high water, snake river fishing, solitude, serenity and the list goes on. Spring is one of our favorite seasons for boating- and the weather in Hells Canyon is surprisingly great! And with all that combined, there is something very interesting that happens at the take-out: Pittsburgh Landing, each year. A very elaborate scheme with a dozen or so holding tanks, generators, pumps and even a full time employee moves in starting in February and stays until about April. The fall Chinook Salmon are being acclimated to the river’s water in order to be released. The pumps bring river water up and into the tanks where 500,000+ salmon are swimming, waiting for the big realease in order to improve the Snake River fishing population. Because of the dams, the fish have a very hard time making it back up the Snake River. At one time in history, the Snake River housed the world’s second largest Salmon Run (second of course to Alaska). Since the dams were put in, the Salmon run is highly regulated and very costly. CLICK HERE for a well done report from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. If you don’t want to read the whole report, here are some of the highlights specifically referring to the Pittsburgh Landing site. If you’re lucky enough to see the Snake River fishing acclimation site in Spring, knowing why it’s there is really quite helpful, so read on for more information. 1996 Operation of the Pittsburg Landing Acclimation Facility (Project 199801005) began with a total of 114,000 fall chinook yearling acclimated and released. Adult fall chinook salmon passage over Lower Granite Dam: 1308 adults – 424 jacks 1997 Pittsburg Landing and Big Canyon (Project 199801008) acclimation facilities were operated with 345,000 yearlings and 253,000 sub-yearlings acclimated and released. Pittsburg Landing released 147,000 yearlings and Big Canyon 198,000 yearlings and 253,000 sub-yearlings. Funding for operations and maintenance provided directly from BPA starting in 1997. Adult fall chinook salmon passage over Lower Granite Dam: 1451 adults – 504 jacks 1998 Pittsburg Landing, Big Canyon and Capt. John Rapids acclimation facilities operated with 336,000 yearlings acclimated and released. Pittsburg Landing released 142,000, Big Canyon 61,000 and Capt. John Rapids 133,000. Adult fall chinook salmon passage over Lower Granite Dam: 1909 adults – 2002 jacks 1999 All three acclimation facilities operated with 530,000 yearling and 670,000 sub-yearling fish acclimated and released. Pittsburg Landing released 143,000 yearlings, Big Canyon 230,000 yearlings and 347,000 sub-yearlings and Capt. John Rapids 157,000 yearlings and 323,000 sub-yearling fish. Adult fall chinook salmon passage over Lower Granite Dam: 3384 adults – 1863 jacks 2000 All three acclimation facilities operated with 397,000 yearlings and 2,182,000 subyearlings acclimated and released. Pittsburg Landing released 135,000 yearlings and 399,000 sub-yearlings; Big Canyon 131,000 yearlings and 890,000 sub-yearlings; Capt. John Rapids 131,000 yearlings and 893,000 sub-yearlings. Adult fall chinook salmon passage over Lower Granite Dam: 3602 adults – 7112 jacks 2001 All three acclimation facilities operated with 327,000 yearlings and...

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Snake River Rafting: First Trip of the Season!

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Snake River Rafting: First Trip of the Season!

April showers bring May flowers, right? Well in Hells Canyon- the nation’s deepest canyon, the wildflowers start popping up in March/April. So, getting a little Snake River rafting action in April means that there will be wildflowers galore! The weather is also very mild and it can offer a much needed “Spring Break” from the constant fluctuation in weather that an Idaho spring time can bring. So, when asked to take some guests into Hells Canyon for some shed hunting and lots of hiking, we of course said yes! We were ready to get in and see that marvelous Snake River rafting canyon in all it’s glory. The plan was for a 4-day 3-night Snake River rafting trip. The guys were taking only one boat: Babe the Big Blue Ox and would plan on rowing downriver at a pretty good speed in order to get from one spot to the next. The guests would be hiking and shed hunting, in hopes of finding all the recently dropped elk and deer antlers. The morning of the launch was very chilly, in fact there was frost on the boat as we poured our second cup of coffee before heading out to load up in the truck. The drive into the canyon started in the dark, but we knew that once we dropped into the Snake River the temperature would start to climb, making the water seem just a bit more friendly. When at the ramp, we waited patiently for the sun to make it’s appearance (the Canyon walls are very steep, meaning it takes a bit for Mr. Sun to shine down) but once the sun hit us, the day was off to a great start! The crew hit the water in a hurry and headed down river, they had places to hike and sheds to see. I was voted in as the shuttle driver, so I enjoyed my leisurely drive back to the Boat Shop and then 3 days later headed out in the early afternoon to pick the trip up from Pittsburgh Landing. The drive to Pittsburgh is quite possibly my favorite shuttle- you get to see so much beautiful country and on the way home hear about all the Snake River rafting, it’s almost as good as being on the trip! But, somebody has to drive and I don’t mind one bit! The trip was a success, the guys got lots of sheds, not as many as they had hoped. The sheds (and the wildlife) is seated very high in the canyon right now, we didn’t get as much snow as normal, so the animals weren’t pushed as far down into the canyon as we would have liked. But, that’s ok, the trip was great, the weather was good and there were only a few blisters due to the extreme gains in elevation (the guys were hiking to about 6,500 feet) a couple times per day. There you have it, first trip of the season was a success, we’ve got the bug and are now more ready than ever for summer to get here! See you on the...

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Spring 2015 Newsletter: Boathouse Happenings: America’s Rafting Company

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HOME ABOUT US READ OUR BLOG ADVENTURES RATES & DATES CONTACT April 2015 America’s Rafting Company Newsletter Spring 2015 Newsletter In This Issue Recent News Quick Links Book Now! Read our blog Our Website Visit Our Website Spring has Sprung! The first day of Spring was ushered in with snow and hail, as it should be I suppose, just to remind us that Mother Nature holds the reins! We were glad to see Spring arrive, even if she came in a hail storm, for the thought of Spring gives us a fresh clean slate and we are just a bit closer to our favorite season of them all: Summer! Recent News and Information… Will the rivers have any water this year? We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our river’s water levels. The drought in California has many people concerned about Idaho’s whitewater season. Don’t worry though, fortunately, Idaho is looking pretty good when it comes to water: Snow pack levels for the Selway River are 106% of normal, the Lochsa 93% of normal, the Salmon River 97% or normal, and the Snake River 109% of normal, according to NRCS Snowtel sites. So the answer is yes! Our rivers have plenty of water, it’s going to be a great year! Trip Advisor: we are now listed on trip advisor, so if you’ve done a trip with us in the past and want others to know how much fun you had, head on over to our page and leave a review, we’d love to hear from you! Or, if you just want to see what others are saying, check it out! 2015 is shaping up to be a busy season: America’s Rafting Company has been hard at work getting ready for our 2015 season. We’ve got a busy one on the books and need everything to be in tip-top shape for summer, read the list of our highlights below to find out what we’ve been working on.   Boathouse Happenings: We are nearing completion of a new boat shop, the concrete has been poured, walls and roof are up, now we just need to hang some doors and move in! Yahoo. Coming Soon to a rafting trip near you: homegrown veggies! A new garden is in the making at the boathouse: seeds are started, berry plants are in the ground, onions and potatoes are going in this weekend! Gear and equipment updates: over the winter we have purchased a new 16′ raft and have plans to upgrade life jackets and get more inflatable kayaks before Summer! Later this month, we will head to Lewiston to attend an outfitters meeting with the USFS to find out what is planned for our river canyons this year.  Those are just some of our current projects, what are you working on? Prime spots are still available! We still have spots available for this season, call today to reserve your spot. Remember, we only charge a 30% deposit for booking, the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the trip! visit our website for available dates,  or call 208-347-3862 “What is life but one grand adventure” -Unknown Book your Adventure Today! All the Best, The ARC Crew America’s Rafting Company info@arcidaho.com 208-347-3862...

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America’s Rafting Company: Weekend in Review

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Have you ever had one of those weekends that is so full of yard work and projects, you’re ready for Monday to come just for a break!?! Ya, we had one of those weekends! It was full of all kinds of projects, such as digging the new boat house’s dirt floor out, replacing it with road base, pulling strings across to make sure it’s levels and then packing it down with what I think is a jackhammer with a large footprint on the bottom (although, I’m sure that there’s a more technical term) Anyways, this rafting company was busy getting the boat shop ready for the concrete truck to show up this week. Now, I know you’re wondering what we did with all that dirt? Oh, you weren’t wondering that, but you are now! Well, since you asked, we dropped it in a huge pile and then carefully and mostly pain-stakingly screened it one wheel barrow full at a time to dump into our new raised beds. My word, those silly little raised beds wanted a lot of dirt! It was quite the process, but now we have 4 raised beds full of dirt and awaiting plants. Although it’s still a bit cold for this rafting company to be transplanting tender young plants. That is a chore for another beautiful weekend around the warehouse. We’ll soon have fresh lettuces, beans and fingers crossed: tomatoes on our rafting trips! For now, I will keep checking the little seedlings posted up in the window, basking in the warm sunshine! Hope your weekend was great and spent outside, even if it involved shoveling dirt and chores!   See you on the...

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White Water River Rafting: Spring is Here!

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Spring has sprung here in Idaho and we couldn’t be happier! The snow is melting, the trees are waking up from their slumber, birds are singing and there first hints of flowers are blooming. It’s a very exciting and beautiful time in Idaho. Spring is so refreshing, everything is new and fresh, bright and shiny- I love shiny! But, what I love even more is being that much closer to our white water river rafting season. I’ve been editing photos from this past summer, getting our media and information updated, and seeing all the previous photos has really given me a hankering for a river trip! White water river rafting here in Idaho is on it’s way, but before we get there, we still have some things to get done around the shop and on our calendar. Our summer is booking quickly, which is amazing, we’re very excited! A busy summer will mean that we need to be prepared, all of our ducks better be in a row, as they say. So, we’ll spend the rest of Spring getting our gear in tip top shape, updating some of our equipment, streamlining our packing and unpacking process and prepping our guides quarters for their arrival. Phew, good thing the days are getting longer and the temperatures are warming up, that will make for a smooth transition from Spring to white water river rafting season, AKA: Summer!! Best season of all, if you ask me! Now, here are some images of Spring in light of today’s date: See you on the...

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Whitewater Rafting Trips: Rituals & Suspicions

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In recent light of Friday the 13th, I decided to write a post about rituals and suspicions on the river. Of course, there is all the folklore and myth surrounding Friday the 13th, I am not a superstitious person, so my day went off without a hitch. I’ve never been one to avoid walking under a ladder, black cats don’t spook me when the cross my path and I have been known to open an umbrella inside, you know, to tempt fate I suppose. But, when it comes to whitewater rafting trips, or just being outside in the elements in general, there’s always a bit of risk involved, many things outside are out of our control, we have to leave the fate of the day up to someone else, who or what that is, depends on the person. When planning any kind of trip- whether it’s an afternoon hike or multi-day whitewater rafting trips, we tend to pay attention to certain things: the weather is one of the most important, and it’s 100% out of our control. We’ll need to know what kind of gear to bring or what kind of clothes to pack. Along with that there are many people with superstitions, maybe you might see an incoming rain shower as bad luck and postpone the hike for another day, maybe weather has nothing to do with it, maybe your lucky hiking boots are looking a bit under the weather and going hiking in a new pair of shoes is bad luck. On Friday the 13th, I conducted a poll, it was quite scientific in nature. I asked a couple of fellow river guides (one may or may not have been my husband) what kind of superstitions, rituals or lucky charms they have when it comes to the river. Their answers were unique: Parker has a Seminole Indian Doll that has lived in his personal box for many years now, she stays put and so far his rafts do too. He was given the doll during a whitewater rafting trips years ago by a Tribal Leader from the Seminole Indian Tribe. She’s been his good luck charm! Another friend of ours told me that he marks his personal box for all the whitewater rafting trips he’s done. On the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, he waits until after Velvet Falls to make the mark and on Hells Canyon, he’ll mark the box after running through Granite Creek Rapids. I’m not sure how many marks he has, but he’s been guiding for many years, so I’m sure it’s a lot! I personally don’t have any good luck charms, but when scouting a rapid, I always pop a peice of chewing gum into my mouth. I think it’s more of a nervous habit than anything else, but it’s still my thing. What say you, anyone else have any rituals, superstitions, lucky rabbit’s feet, when they go outside? Do tell! See you on the...

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Rafting: America’s Rafting Company Vacation in Review

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This post is more than just a weekend review, it’s a 3 week vacation review. It may be a challenge to get it all in one post, so here goes… Parker and I have gone on vacation together, but it’s always been pretty local- the Oregon Coast is our favorite spot, in fact the ocean in general is our favorite. Being born and raised inland, the ocean forever will be awe-inspiring to me and a little terrifying- it’s so darn big! Anyways, we had been talking about traveling for quite some time and were lucky enough to take a lot of people rafting last summer that had travelled the world so we always asked where their favorite place had been. After a lot of consideration, we knew a couple things: we wanted to go somewhere totally different from Idaho, we wanted somewhere warm (we would be traveling in Febrauary) we wanted good food and to go somewhere that our dollar was strong. That led us to Thailand! We would be able to dive, snorkel, swim, lounge, eat good food and do it on the cheap! Parker got me plane tickets for my birthday last year, so it was just a matter of selecting the location and the dates and we did that early winter and started marking the days off on the calendars. Working for yourself has it’s ups and downs, we dodn’t have to ask for the time off, but worried about being gone for 3 weeks away from the office. We chose to go in the slowest month for America’s Rafting Company and the month that cabin fever seems to have it’s largest hold: February. We set off to Boise on February 10th, met Parker’s mom, aka, Scout’s guardian, in Boise for dinner and handed him off. He was headed to Nevada to run and play at his “grandparents” and we were headed off across the international date line to a land unknown. Our dear friends and fellow rafting guides dropped us off at the airport early on the 11th and we loaded up in the big plane. 2 hours later we were in San Francisco, 10 hours later we were in Tokyo and another 7 hours later we were in Bangkok. We were exhausted and ready for sleep and a shower when we arrived and after a tussle with a taxi driver and finding a room for the night we could barely contain our excitement. When morning came (not many hours later) we set off on foot outside our hotel, hoping for inspiration and some food. We found a coffee and a street vendor with some meat and rice, then decided it was time to pack our packs and head into the heart of Bangkok. We got another taxi to the nearest train station, crossed our fingers and hopped onto the sky train. Soon enough, we were at Hua Lampoong, the central Bangkok train station where we would board a train and head south to the islands. We elected to ride the night train, as it would take about 12 hours and we wouldn’t need a hotel for that night. We were able to reserve a sleeping car for about $8, we had bunk beds, a sink, table and electricity, what more could we need? That was...

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Salmon River Experience: The Forgotten River

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Sometimes I feel like the Salmon River experience is often forgotten about, or Hells Canyon shines a little brighter than the Salmon. Perhaps that’s because of the Hells Canyon’s fame or it’s depth, or it’s elusiveness, I’m not sure. But, that doesn’t mean that the Salmon River experience should be any less talked about or bragged on, but maybe that’s why I love it so much, it’s sort of the unsung hero of river trips. The Salmon River experience is quite different from Hells Canyon. Probably the number one reason the Salmon River experience is so different is the sand! White, hot sandy beaches. It’s a love hate kind of relationship. There is something magical about a beach, then mix that with being in the back country and the fact that you had to take a raft to get there and that beach becomes even more magical! It’s a great feeling when you park the boat on the beach, kick off your shoes and don’t need them again until the next morning. But, the sand can be rather invasive, it will stick to anything and you’ll find sand in at the bottom of your bag long after the trip is over. In fact, just a couple weeks ago I pulled a pair of shoes out that I haven’t worn since fall and had to dump out the sand in them from the Salmon River. I got a kick out of it and I longed for the sandy beaches again- soon enough the Salmon River experience will come flooding back.   Another thing that stands out when I think about the Salmon River experience is the rapids- there are so many class II and III rapids that make the river a great candidate for kayaking! They’re just big enough to get your adrenaline rushing, but not too big that you can’t conquer them and feel like a world class kayaker! There are those class IV rapids that you have to watch out for, but the guides will let you know when they’re coming up and if you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can definitely run them in a kayak!   As the longest running un-dammed river in North America, the Salmon River experience is enhanced even more. Our country was dam happy for many years and built many dams throughout our entire river system. In fact, we (as a country) are now going through some initiatives to break dams down and restore our rivers to what they were. The dams were installed for various reasons, most of which was hydro-power, some were installed for flood control and others installed for aesthetic or recreational reasons. The Salmon River has none. Not one single dam, so when enjoying the Salmon River experience, you can rest easy knowing that the river has flown unencumbered in a natural state. The Salmon River flows into the Snake River and there are dams on the lower Snake that prevent many of the salmon and steelhead from making their runs back to spawning grounds. Some fish do still make it back up, so when you’re lucky enough to go Salmon or Steelhead fishing and catch one, you know that the fish had a very long and exhausting journey. It’s an awesome feat to catch a huge...

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