Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River Rafting for a half day on the water. This was a great, family friendly way to explore the river and get into whitewater rafting as the rapids were only class 2-3 which is good for beginners. We all had a blast on the water and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $65 a person for a half day
  • Location: 31021 State Hwy 299 W Big Flat, CA 96010

Getting There

From Redding on Highway 5, you will head west on Highway 299. Its about 60 miles of windy roads, when you get to Weaverville, you are getting close. Be sure to grab the address before you get out of Redding as the cell service is pretty bad the further you get. In the small town of Big Flat, you will reach your destination on the right side of the road, across from the little store.

Upon arriving, we checked in our group and got set up with helmets and life jackets then loaded on the shuttle to go 6 miles up the road.

The ten-minute ride gave you a chance to look down on the water you will be rafting through for the next 3 hours.

When we got to the drop-off, the boats were unloaded, we were given a safety talk before floating down the river.

The first 45 minutes was relatively calm with a few rapids but nothing crazy, making it a good way to get the hang of paddling and to enjoy the area.

After that, we hit our first class 3 rapids and were prepared for the adventure since our guide had helped us understand what was in store.

The rapids are a ton of fun, and they provide a lot of adrenaline when you go over them.

We docked the boats at an area with a big cliff you can jump off and two of the people in the group took the jump.

From there we got back in the raft and headed to the most intense of the rapids a class 3+ with a  6-foot drop known as the hellhole. This was also where professional photos were taken, and you can see the progression of the drop in GIF form below.

No one fell out of the boat on this rapid, so we all celebrated and from here stopped on the shore to have a chips and salsa break.

The last 45 minutes was more class 2-3 rapids and even a few chances to swim before getting back to the parking area where we began.

All in all, we had a great time out on the water for 3 hours, and I highly recommend it. Maybe it is due to the location, but $65 also seemed like a really fair price for the adventure.

Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments.

How to Walk / Bike on the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic attractions in all of California. People come from all over the world to see it, and most only drive across it or look at it from one of the main viewpoints. It is actually pretty easy to walk or bike across the famous bridge though, and it gives you a better appreciation of how amazing the engineering on this remarkable structure is. If you want to do that, read on to learn more about it.

Details

  • 1.8 miles each way
  • Location: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94129

Getting There

Getting to the Golden Gate Bridge Interpretive Center is the hardest part of this adventure. There is not much parking here so I would recommend public transportation or an Uber/Lyft.

The Bridge

Before heading out on the bridge, be sure to walk down to the viewpoint which is right on the top of the hill and which has an excellent view of the bridge itself.

You can even see Fort Point below the bridge here as well.

After that head out onto the bridge to begin your walk. The west side of the bridge is for bikes, and the east side is for walkers. Splitting the two is an excellent way to do it as you don’t have to watch for bikes hitting you and the bikers don’t have to swerve between people.

The walk is flat, and it takes a while, mainly because you will want to stop all of the time to take photos.

There is just something cool about being on this iconic bridge that makes you want to take a crazy amount of pictures.

It takes about 3/4s of a mile to get to the first tower, and this is also a good turn around point if you want to head back.

This spot has some great views of both downtown San Francisco in the distance and the bridge back the way you came.

Heading on, you can go to the second tower and eventually all the way up to Battery Spencer. I didn’t go there on this trip, but I plan to come back and bike it in the future.

All in all, this is a great spot to explore in the city of San Francisco. It is one of those iconic places that you have to see with your own eyes, and one of the best ways to do that is via a walk on the bridge.

Check out the video I made above about my time on the bridge and let me know what you think in the comments.

Boudin Bread Bowls & Museum Tour in San Francisco

No visit to San Francisco is complete without a stop by the city famous bread making establishment known as Boudin. This bakery has a storied history that spans over a century, and during that time it has become a staple in San Francisco. You can just stop by for a quick lunch, or you can head upstairs and go through the museum dedicated to all things Boudin. Of course, I chose the to do both, and here is all the information.

Details

  • $3 to enter museum, or free if you go to the sit-down restaurant (not the downstairs order counter)
  • Includes bread samples
  • Lunch cost: $12 – $16
  • Hours: 8 AM – 10 PM
  • Location: 160 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Getting There

Boudin is in Fisherman’s Wharf, and if you are not familiar with the area then let me recommend you do not drive there. Parking is crazy expensive, and it is much better to take Uber or just public transportation, so you don’t spend upwards of $35 a day to park. It is hard to miss once you make it down to the wharf as it is one of the largest places in Fishermans Wharf and the sign is a commanding presence.

The Restaurant

The first floor is the place for buying bread and pastries as well as for placing an order from the take out counter.

This is where most people eat at as it is easy to order, wait for your food, then grab a seat at one of the many tables all around. You can even watch some of the bread making process if you sit near the stairs.

You can also buy cans of the famous clam chowder here and even some of the bread shaped into animals that have become popular over the last few years. I kept it simple and went with a clam chowder bread bowl. I like their food here, and even though it is touristy and there are better spots for clam chowder, it is just a fun San Francisco experience that doesn’t let you down.

The Museum

After eating, head upstairs, which is where you can visit the small museum.

Boudin Bakery has been around in San Francisco since 1849, and it was fascinating to learn all about that history. You can read more in this timeline pdf.

As I made my way around the small museum, they had a wall dedicated to all of the culinary firsts that the city of San Francisco was responsible for, ranging from Mai Tais to Cioppino, the latter of which is a personal favorite of mine.

From there you can head to the small walkway that lets you look down on the bread making process.

I was told that they make anywhere from 12 – 15 thousand loaves of bread each day and that the production never stops 24 hours a day. That is such a crazy stat, but it makes sense as they have a half dozen restaurants now all over California.

After finishing my time at Boudin, I headed out to continue my exploration of Fisherman’s Wharf. Paying for the small museum was an excellent way to learn about the bread after I had just eaten it. Be sure to check it out if you are visiting and want to learn about this historic San Francisco establishment. Let me know what you think in the comments.