Lately, we have been writing a lot about the trips that we have been offering at Blue Sky Outfitters. That is great and all, but we feel like we should give our readers something else to check out.
So here is our first attempt to help you get caught up with some of the whitewater rafting happenings around the nation and globe.
American Whitewater – A “not for profit” organization that aims to “conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” This organization really does deserve your attention because they work day in and day out to provide you with fun and safe rafting throughout the year.
ABC-of-Rafting – Think of it as Rafting101. An all-encompassing information hub great for beginners in the rafting world. It gives you rafting basics, equipment information, skills and techniques and a whole bunch of other stuff that you can sink your teeth into if you are finding yourself more into rafting each day. They also have a forum which is worth checking out.
River Currents (O.A.R.S) – A great whitewater site that lets you do much more than simply book rafting trips. They are known for the Grand Canyon trips, although Oars hosts rafting trips all over the world, from West Virginia to Fiji. But they also operate sea kayaking, hiking trips and other outdoor adventures.
What better combination for a weekend getaway than an adventurous day of whitewater rafting followed by a luxurious day of wine tasting? For Seattle, the month of September might mean decreasing temperatures and the start of the rainy season, but on the Tieton River the weather is beautiful and the water is warm! In fact, it’s the warmest river water in the state along with being the fasting moving, which makes for an exhilarating rafting trip, packed with whitewater action. Located just minutes from the Yakima Valley, the Tieton’s ideal location makes for a perfect end of summer overnight to visit the beautiful wineries of Rattlesnake Hills as well. If you have a free weekend in September that you’re looking to fill with some good times, Blue Sky Outfitters has you covered.
Day One: Meet us at the mighty Tieton River for our Full Day Trip—3 hours of continuous whitewater action followed by our riverside top sirloin steak barbecue. Class III and IV rapids will excite beginners and veterans alike…get ready for some water to the face and lots of paddling! Then head over to the Comfort Inn located in Zillah for a relaxing evening in your hotel room.
Day Two: Wake up and enjoy a complimentary breakfast at your hotel, then hit the road with your Blue Sky guide for a day full of wine tours and tastings, all fees included in the price. First you’ll hit the Bonair Winery right in Zillah, known for its beauty in the autumn season. The next stop will be the Hyatt Vineyards, one of the oldest wineries in the region. Next you’ll find an excellent selection of Red Wines at the family-owned Portteus Winery. Last but certainly not least, you will find yourself at the Silver Lake Winery , taking in the breathtaking view overlooking the vineyard and the whole Yakima Valley while enjoying a salmon or rib barbecue. The tour will end back at your vehicle in Zillah where our Blue Sky guide will see you off.
This tour is brand new for 2012 and we are excited to see its growing popularity as the season nears. Staring Labor Day weekend we will be sending guests off on this delightful weekend getaway…don’t miss your chance to join them! The Tieton River is only rafted in September, so give us a call today and reserve your spot on this exhilarating whitewater and wine excursion.
If you have never heard of the Tieton River, you’re not alone. The Tieton is a lake sourced river tucked into the southeast edge of Snoqualmie National Forest. And if you have, we have a quiz for you: How many months out of the year can one descend the Tieton? If you answered “1,” congratulations, you are pretty knowledgeable and if you did not answer with 1, well, don’t be discouraged, you learn something new every day – many first-time rafters start on the mighty Tieton River. The Tieton River is actually only 45 minutes west of Yakima, making it very popular for Eastern Washington vacationers and Yakima river-junkies. Rimrock lake reservoir is the main source of the Tieton’s water. The Tieton has very little water for most of the year but once September arrives, the floodgates of Rimrock Dam are opened and the glorious H2O runs free, providing beginning to advanced rafters with the best whitewater in Washington State. The Tieton is also fast! In fact it is the fastest river in the state, giving rafters a plentiful 19 miles of pure and continuous Washington State whitewater. What could be better? That’s right, nothing. Add Blue Sky’s classic riverside top sirloin steak barbeque to the mix along with our seasoned professional guides and you have just discovered THE BEST whitewater rafting trip in the state of Washington.
However, maybe you’ve heard some other things about Rattlesnake Hills (the area that the Tieton flows through) and its distinguished wineries. Maybe you are a wine lover? Yeah, we’re talking to you wineheads. Don’t worry though, Blue Sky has you covered. We package the renowned tour of the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail with our Tieton River Whitewater Adventure (complete with our riverside barbeque!), providing you with two, yes two, fun-filled days of pure whitewater and winetasting delight. But wait, there’s more! We also provide hotel accommodations the evening after rafting the Tieton, so you are refreshed and ready to hit four of Rattlesnake Hill’s best wineries the next day! And at the last winery you visit on the trail, Silver Lake Winery, you will have the choice of a delicious chicken, rib or salmon barbeque, the perfect way to end your day.
So if you are looking for an exciting but relaxing overnight getaway head out to the Rattlesnake Hills and try out the Tieton Whitewater Adventure or the Tieton Overnight Whitewater and Wine Tour. You will not be disappointed.