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Salmon River Rafting: Adventure for the Entire Family

Where can you take children on a summer vacation that's fun for adults, too? Pleasing all ages is difficult, but rafting the Salmon River might be the answer. This vacation will treat everyone to beautiful sandy beaches for camping, fun whitewater, and a first-hand nature experience in Idaho's pristine River of No Return Wilderness.

Families are discovering that river trips are great family vacations because there are so many activities that are enjoyable for both parents and children. The distractions of everyday life are eliminated ~ no phones, no television, no computers and no schedules or routines here, it's called rivertime. Just imagine, sleeping under the stars and awaking to fresh coffee brewing on the open fire, fishing a pristine stream, maneuvering a funyak or paddle raft through an exciting rapid, rappelling down a rock wall, kicking back and absorbing all that the river and its canyon has to offer. It's a life experience!

The Main Salmon River is the perfect family oriented river trip. Families can spend quality time together and yet children can feel independent at the same time. The refreshing waters and inviting beaches are great for swimming and relaxing in the sun. You'll explore Indian drawings and visit abandoned Pioneer homesteads. Along the way there will also be time to hike and fish. Plus a long soak in Barth Hot Springs will help any adult forget the tensions of home and office. Delicious hearty meals and an evening around the campfire tops off the full enjoyment of the experience.

"Inflatable kayaks and rock climbing are always a favorite among the youngsters", says Joe Tonsmeire of Wilderness River Outfitters. Tonsmeire, who has been outfitting trips on the Salmon for 30 plus years, says, "We are one of the few companies that offer small groups." "With a maximum of 15 guests, this ensures a quality, personalized experience with plenty of time for everyone to participate in all the activities they want".

The whitewater is exciting but not intimidating (moderate class III rapids). Each family member can choose various boating options to satisfy their yearnings for the day. Your guide rows the 16 oar rafts while you relax and take in the scenery. For a little more activity and excitement, a paddle team consisting a guide and 3 or 4 guests maneuvers the 10 paddle raft. For the adventuresome, the 1 person inflatable kayak will give you the biggest thrills.

Fun-loving, experienced guides are the foundation to top quality adventures."We have some of the best and most experienced guides in the business." They are professionals that love what they are doing. The assistance of licensed and skillful guides ensures comfort and safety and a variety of adventuresome experiences.

Rafting the Main Salmon River is an ideal family vacation, full of fun, beauty and adventure. For more information contact Wilderness River Outfitters at 800 252-6581 or online at www.wildernessriver.com or for a list of outfitters nationwide contact America Outdoors at www.americaoutdoors.com.

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