They always say time flies when you are having fun, and I have been having a lot of fun this summer. Still, I cannot believe we are rapidly approaching the end of August already! Last weekend was another weekend full of Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List adventures, and today’s blog is about how my mom, step-dad Jim, and I loaded up and headed for Cascade to raft the South Fork of the Payette with Cascade Raft and Kayak.
We went rafting on Saturday, August 19th, two days before the historic total solar eclipse. We anticipated a crush of traffic, as Cascade is right on the highway that leads toward the “zone of totality” in Idaho, but found not much more than usual. That left us with plenty of time for a little exploration of the route we’d be taking.
I think this is a rapid called Staircase. We paused here for a bit to jump around the rocks,
Here are some other rafters attempting it! After our mini-recon mission, it was time to head to Cascade Raft and Kayak.
From this little headquarters we loaded onto school buses and were taken farther upriver to begin. They outfitted us with life jackets and helmets, we listened to a crash course in river safety, and off we went! Our guide was Gary, and he was really nice. Overall, it was a pleasant day on the river, and the rapids were fun and a bit more challenging than the last rafting trip we had taken a few years ago. I highly recommend booking a trip with Cascade Raft and Kayak, because they were lovely to work with the whole trip!
Here is a pro shot by the photographer at Cascade Raft. All image rights go to the photographer.
Photos taken by Sandra Walker and Cristen Iris unless otherwise noted. Cascade/Banks/Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. August 2017.