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“Paddles up” for mom on Mother’s Day

Paddling down a class IV rapid with mom by your side may sound like an odd gift for Mother’s Day, but on the Kern River one outfitter is working to make it a reality. Kern River Outfitters, a 30-year veteran company on California’s most popular whitewater river, has developed a special “Mother’s Day” trip aimed at those who would rather give mom life-long memories and a thrilling experience rather than a dozen roses.

The trip, which features two days and 20 miles of class III and IV whitewater, takes place on the Lower Kern River outside of Lake Isabella. After the first day of rafting, Kern River Outfitters has a private camp that their guests stay at located about half-way down the river. “This trip is a mother’s dream come true,” commented Will Volpert, operations manager for Kern River Outfitters. “Mom gets to experience the world-class whitewater of the Lower Kern River and, while at camp, she can kick back, relax, drink a glass of wine, and let our guides take care of everything.”

Camping on the Lower Kern River is not your everyday camping experienced, explains Volpert. “Our camp includes sleeping decks, thick sleeping mattresses, shade tarps, picnic tables, and a full kitchen,” he says. “Plus, our guides take care of all the meals and always make sure our guests are comfortable. We take a lot of people who think they will be ‘roughing it’ and when they return from their trip they are always pleasantly surprised.”

As an incentive to choose their two-day Mother’s Day Lower Kern rafting trip as a gift, Kern River Outfitters is offering a “mother discount” of 10% off for her space. Gift certificates are also available but, as Volpert points out, “Mother’s Day only comes once a year and this trip is designed specifically with that in mind.”

Kern River Outfitters has been rafting on the Kern River since 1980. With a staff of over 50 professional river guides and support personnel, the company and its affiliate, Idaho & Oregon River Journeys, run one- to six-day river trips in California, Oregon and Idaho. For more information, visit or call 1-800-323-4234.

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