This trip marked the debut of the Adventure Van, the newest addition to the Morningside fleet to be used for experiential and adventure programming. We drove out to Kings Canyon and set up our camp along the banks of the mighty Kings River. The river was flowing at 15,000 cubic feet per second which is just shy of being un-runnable for rafts. We hiked to the top of one of the canyons and took in the raw power of the river and the beautiful scenery.
Having fun while sober; didn’t think I could do it.
We were excited to spend the day rafting, mostly because the frigid water was a nice balance to the 105 degree heat. After the safety orientation, we were immediately greeted by the first rapid of the day called Mule Hole. This would be the first of many huge class III and IV rapids of the day including, Wild Wolf and Banzai. The day ended with grilled steaks and the lone fish that one of the clients caught. We sat around our campfire reminiscing about the day, sharing about our successes, and how much more fun the day had been than any day when we were out using.
We got up and had an early morning breakfast of pancakes and turkey links to fill our bellies for the day ahead. We left the mighty Kings River and headed out to Kings Canyon National Park. We spent the day hiking out to the numerous waterfalls in the park such as Mist Falls and Roaring River Falls. These falls were amazing as they were being fed by the record snow run off from the winter.
We left Kings Canyon National Park and headed into Sequoia National Park. After driving a bit we descended into a canyon and came upon the Giant Forest which is home to some of the nation’s oldest and tallest trees. They are a splendor to observe both up close and from afar. In the afternoon we hiked out to the majestic Tokopah Falls which is an extremely tall cascading waterfall that was flowing at full force. The sound of the water as it crashed into the granite was deafening and exciting all at the same time. After a full day of exploring it was time to head back to Newport Beach.