Archive for the 'Random: Gear, Musings and Poetic Prose' Category


Where in the World is AO? Pura Vida en Costa Rica!

February 13th, 2013 Amy diVittorio

Seems we may have a migratory pattern evolving with our AO staff.  Ever since Pam, former guide and manager of AO’s Merced operation, established a unique beach-side hostel in Playa Uvita, Costa Rica the AO migration has only increased. It’s no coincidence she calls it The Flutterby House. We’ve got AO guides migrating there like […]

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It’s a Happy New Year — Snowpack Update

January 10th, 2013 Amy diVittorio

Well, (knock on wood) 2013 is off to a fabulous start thanks to a remarkable hand-off in the final stretches from 2012. The six weeks of wet, cold storms in December covered the Sierra Nevadas with a brilliant blanket of snow. We water sport enthusiasts are delighted to be skiing on that snow today and, […]

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So Many Reasons To Be Thankful

November 16th, 2012 Amy diVittorio

As it is the month of Thanksgiving I’d say it’s time to count some of our blessings here at AO. Last month AO’s founding father, George Armstrong, was honored at the C.R.A. Gala. George received the Mark Dubois Award for his leading role in furthering river conservation. In the 60’s George pioneered an outdoor education […]

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After Rafting Hang Out in Lotus-Coloma

August 29th, 2012 cameron

The bus rattles to a stop back at the All-Outdoors parking lot along the South Fork American River. Taking a deep yawn you stretch your limbs and climb out of the bus into the bright sunlight. You say a last goodbye to your guide. It’s sunny. The day seems like it’s only half over, like […]

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Got to the South Fork Too Early? Not a Problem

August 20th, 2012 cameron

You’ve done all the planning just right. You booked your rafting trip on the South Fork American River. You printed directions and packed up the car the night before. You even left yourself an extra 45 minutes of drive time just in case there is traffic…and there was no traffic. So now your 45 minutes […]

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Rafting Trip Lunch: Food the AO Way

August 17th, 2012 cameron

When I was a kid, my family was always the one that brought food to the event. At baseball games I’d look enviously over at my friends’ hotdogs and nachos as I unwrapped my cold, soggy, mostly smushed ham sandwich. I tried to bargain with my parents, though I had nothing to bargain with. I […]

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A River Guide’s Morning

July 4th, 2012 cameron

It’s early in the morning. You wake up, somewhat begrudgingly, somewhat excitedly, and  go through your somewhat truncated morning routine. You wake your kids or your roommates and load up, bleary eyed, into the car yawning and wiping the sleep from your face. It’s still dark outside. Maybe the first bit of morning light is […]

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California Gold Rush History

September 16th, 2009 Tessa Sibbet

It’s that time of year again when kids go back to school and California’s 4th graders arrive en masse each day to learn a little more about the Golden State. As a follow up to our previous entry about saving Marshall Gold Discovery Park, I thought I’d give you a very brief version of California’s Gold […]

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cartoon wombat explains it all for you

March 16th, 2009 Malina

This wee wombat video is the perfect diversion. Hilarious! Totally true! Breakin’ it down! Check it out: www.global-mindshift.org

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Hiking Along the Rubicon River – A Good Addition to a Rafting Trip on the American River

July 31st, 2007 Robyn Suddeth

Last week, my family was in town for three days. Not that long of a time, right? And I love my family. But in a town like Coloma, (on the South Fork of the American River), you can’t really expect visitors to be self-entertained. So, I had to come up with activities for us to […]

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