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Slideshow: Middle Fork of the American River Two Day Rafting Trips

June 9th, 2014 Malina

  • Entering The Middle Fork of the American River CanyonPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Taking the boats to put-inPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • Forward Paddle!Photo: Mark Reiner
  • scouting tunnel chute rapidPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • guides and crews discuss the planPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • No way! This is so cool!Photo: Mark Reiner
  • surrounded by whitewaterPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • The Final DropPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • floating into the tunnelPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • Class IV Rapid: Thread The NeedlePhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Ready for lunch?Photo: Mark Reiner
  • pulling over for lunch and side hikePhoto: Luis Escobar
  • exploring slot canyons & waterfallsPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • hanging out with friendsPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • Waterfall in Dardanelle CanyonPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Reconnecting with friendsPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • back on the waterPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • Enjoying a calm stretchPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • unloading boats at campPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • playing riverside horseshoes Photo: Luis Escobar
  • fishing before dinnerPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • catching a momentPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Dinner's on the grillPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Camp at NightPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • Waking Up With CoffeePhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Morning in campPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • floating downstreamPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Paddling Inflatable KayaksPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Day Two Side Hike: Canyon CreekPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Waterfalls in Canyon CreekPhoto: Mark Reiner
  • time for familyPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Class IV Rapid: CleavagePhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Class IV Rapid: Parallel ParkingPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Class IV Rapid: CatapultPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Take Out at trip's endPhoto: Luis Escobar
  • Wishing it wasn't overPhoto: Luis Escobar

The Middle Fork of the American is one of our favorite rivers.  It’s close to our home base in Lotus, but once you get in the canyon you feel like you’re a million miles away.  The steep canyon walls are home to mature native trees, wildlife a plenty, and create a beautiful backdrop for wild rapids and placid stretches of calm water that invite day dreams and flights of fancy.  Our slideshow catches a whiff of the magic . . .

To learn more about the photographers featured here visit Luis Escobar online at

Adam Beasley is a singer-songwriter based in El Dorado county.  “Summer Song,” featured here, was recorded by an older incarnation of Adam’s band called North of Fifty. You can find him and his current band Uncommon Ground online (and get dates for live shows) at:

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