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June 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The river rafting season in California has been very up and down so far this summer. Outfitters are closing the season on some natural-flow rivers in the Sierra earlier than expected because of the state's drier-than-usual year while rivers relying on reservoir water will continue to cash in on last year's big snowpack. Trips wrap up this week on the Merced River south of Yosemite National Park and the Kings River, east of Fresno, this week because of low water flow, according to Bob Ferguson of Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions . The season for these rivers typically lasts until the Fourth of July.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Women who like rugged vacations and the healing side of yoga will appreciate this five-day rafting trip on Utah's Green River that goes beyond a standard yoga retreat. Utah-based Holiday River Expeditions designed the women-only journey down Desolation Canyon for those of all abilities and ages seeking "personalized wellness and lifestyle counseling. " Deanna English , a registered nurse and yoga therapist, leads the trip, which teaches participants the therapeutic side of yoga, breathing, good nutrition and more.
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TRAVEL
October 22, 2000
A California-based outfitter is selling a river-rafting season pass for California's American River. The outfitter, Outdoor Adventure River Specialists in Angels Camp, in business since 1969 with trips throughout the West, thinks the O.A.R.S. All American River Pass is an industry first. It costs $350 if bought by Dec. 31, $500 if bought Jan. 1 to March 31 and $650 after April 1. The rafting season usually runs from April to October, said spokeswoman Andrea Lagomarsino.
TRAVEL
September 1, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Like adventure activities? How about travel deals? Finding both is as easy as doing a Google search. Caution: You many end up leaving the country. Name: AdventureLink.com What it does: This website lets you search the world for more than 14,000 adventure trips both big and small. From low-impact yoga, walking and wine tours to adrenaline-pumping motorcycle tours, zip-lining and river rafting - there's something for everyone. It can also assist in custom trip-planning.
NEWS
July 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
Willie Odem signed up to go on a private whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon in February 1990 and right away knew it would be a while. "When I got on a list, my number was 3,220. And it took me almost 10 years," said Odem, president of the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Assn. His trip came in September, and he and others think that's too long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998 | TOM KENWORTHY, WASHINGTON POST
Westerners have been squabbling over water almost since the first pioneers crossed the Great Plains. Ranchers fought over water rights in river valleys that are the arteries of life here. Growing metropolises like Denver and Los Angeles diverted rural water over mountain ranges. In the West of the 1990s, with its booming growth and affluence, water is more than ever a contested prize.
TRAVEL
September 6, 2009
This ranch in Klamath National Forest is an ideal family vacation. An all-inclusive five-night, six-day program includes horseback riding and river rafting. Marble Mountain Guest Ranch, Highway 26, Somes Bar; (800) 552-6284, www. marblemountainranch.com; $1,250; $1,150 ages 5 to 12. Doris Schaffer CALIFORNIA Ranch getaway Fallbrook
TRAVEL
September 1, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Like adventure activities? How about travel deals? Finding both is as easy as doing a Google search. Caution: You many end up leaving the country. Name: AdventureLink.com What it does: This website lets you search the world for more than 14,000 adventure trips both big and small. From low-impact yoga, walking and wine tours to adrenaline-pumping motorcycle tours, zip-lining and river rafting - there's something for everyone. It can also assist in custom trip-planning.
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
In Moab, Utah , it's all about the desert. The small town on the edge of Arches National Park is the stepping-off point for remote canyons, amazing red-rock formations and a desert vibe best summed up in Edward Abbey's "Desert Solitaire. " An outfit called the Moab Adventure Center that specializes in desert doings offers a four-day Southwest Sampler designed as an introduction to the area. Participants spend two nights at the Gonzo Inn and spend one day touring the town and another hiking in the park to see some of the more than 2,000 sandstone arches.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former Von Dutch chief executive and clothier Tonny Sorensen has left his signature on his personal residence in Beverly Hills and listed it at $6.9 million. The gated midcentury modern was built in 1961 but completely redone by the Danish entrepreneur. He combined his love of minimalism and high-quality materials in the single-story, 6,000-square-foot home. A small bridge spans a koi pond at the entrance to the open-plan house. Cambodian water sculptures from the 16th and 17th centuries stand in the pond.
TRAVEL
June 16, 2013 | By April Orcutt
Despite the drought that plagued Southern California last winter, river rafters can still get their paddles wet: Parts of Northern California and other Western states got the rain and snow that missed SoCal. California's Kings, Kern, Kaweah, Merced and Tuolumne rivers have shortened or nonexistent rafting seasons this year, thanks to the drought, but many rivers in the West have plenty of water for rafting, kayaking and tubing. Here's a sampling of outfitters that are running rafting trips on rivers in Northern California and the West as well as on other rivers predicted to have good flows through August and maybe even September.
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
In Moab, Utah , it's all about the desert. The small town on the edge of Arches National Park is the stepping-off point for remote canyons, amazing red-rock formations and a desert vibe best summed up in Edward Abbey's "Desert Solitaire. " An outfit called the Moab Adventure Center that specializes in desert doings offers a four-day Southwest Sampler designed as an introduction to the area. Participants spend two nights at the Gonzo Inn and spend one day touring the town and another hiking in the park to see some of the more than 2,000 sandstone arches.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The river rafting season in California has been very up and down so far this summer. Outfitters are closing the season on some natural-flow rivers in the Sierra earlier than expected because of the state's drier-than-usual year while rivers relying on reservoir water will continue to cash in on last year's big snowpack. Trips wrap up this week on the Merced River south of Yosemite National Park and the Kings River, east of Fresno, this week because of low water flow, according to Bob Ferguson of Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions . The season for these rivers typically lasts until the Fourth of July.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former Von Dutch chief executive and clothier Tonny Sorensen has left his signature on his personal residence in Beverly Hills and listed it at $6.9 million. The gated midcentury modern was built in 1961 but completely redone by the Danish entrepreneur. He combined his love of minimalism and high-quality materials in the single-story, 6,000-square-foot home. A small bridge spans a koi pond at the entrance to the open-plan house. Cambodian water sculptures from the 16th and 17th centuries stand in the pond.
TRAVEL
August 22, 2010 | By Dan Blackburn
THE BEST WAY TO STANLEY, IDAHO From LAX, nonstop service to Boise is offered on United and Alaska, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on United, Delta and Frontier. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $312. The drive time from Boise is a little more than two scenic hours. WHERE TO STAY Redfish Lake Lodge, Highway 75, Stanley; (208) 774-3536, http://www.redfishlake.com . Rates start at $70 for a room with shared bath. There are many campgrounds in the area for both RVs and tent campers.
TRAVEL
September 6, 2009
This ranch in Klamath National Forest is an ideal family vacation. An all-inclusive five-night, six-day program includes horseback riding and river rafting. Marble Mountain Guest Ranch, Highway 26, Somes Bar; (800) 552-6284, www. marblemountainranch.com; $1,250; $1,150 ages 5 to 12. Doris Schaffer CALIFORNIA Ranch getaway Fallbrook
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1991 | ANITA M. CAL and DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 20-year-old Fullerton College student who was pulled Friday night from the Santa Ana River after rafting in the rain-swollen waters died at UCI Medical Center in Orange four hours later, officials said Saturday. Bonnie Davis of Anaheim was pronounced dead shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, officials said. The cause of death was freshwater drowning.
TRAVEL
May 8, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
The river-rafting season in California this year is looking to be the wettest, wildest and longest in years. "People who have rafted before are thinking, 'Wow, this is the year to go,' " said Sue Cawdrey, spokeswoman for Kern River Outfitters in Wofford Heights, Calif. Outfitters are adding rafting trips, but with bookings for some companies 60% above average, you may need to get your reservation in soon. Some holiday dates already are sold out.
SPORTS
May 4, 2007 | Pete Thomas
It was a hot afternoon before fire erupted near the community market, raced up the ridge and began devouring pine trees. Now it's blazing. Smoke billows. Sirens wail. Firefighters scramble up the hillside. Helicopters whirl. Yet, beneath the chaos and burning slope, coursing silently through town, is an idyllic, tree-lined river fed by snowmelt from faraway peaks. A slice of blue-green heaven amid the flaming hell. I crave entry, but my date with Kern River Outfitters is not till morning.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
More people will be able to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon each year, but they will be spread out over more of the year and will travel in smaller groups, under a management plan the National Park Service adopted Thursday. More rafters will be shifted to fall, winter and spring, and the number of daily summertime launches of both motorized and nonmotorized commercial rafts will decrease. The result is expected to be more tourists overall.
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