American River Whitewater Media Day

Posted June 7, 2007 by Tessa Sibbet

This past weekend, on June 2, All-Outdoors participated in the El Dorado County Whitewater Media Day on the American River. Media Day which is organized by El Dorado County and the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce, is a great opportunity for members of Northern California media and their families to come experience all the outdoor recreation El Dorado County offers.

The American River was alive with the hustle and bustle of summer rafting. Perfect weather on the first weekend in June brought hundreds of rafters and kayakers to the South Fork of the American River to enjoy the most reliable whitewater in California this summer. Several companies donated boats, gear, guides, and lunch to help spread the word about rafting the American River and be part of the flotilla that rafted through the Class III Lower “Gorge” Section on the South Fork of the American.

I had the privilege of guiding with two of the All-Outdoors owners, Scott Armstrong and his dad, George Armstrong, who founded All-Outdoors. It was fun to listen to George tell stories of the days when All-Outdoors was first taking people rafting. I also had a News 10 reporter and the former president of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce in my boat.

After we made it safely through Satan’s Cesspool, Bouncing Rock, and Hospital Bar, we headed back to Henningson Lotus Park to enjoy the evening festivities. There was a hot air balloon giving free rides, a great band playing folk music, delicious food from the Sierra Nevada House, and wine tasting from the local wineries.


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