Rafting the Kings River

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Our camping spot beside the Kings River, the day before our rafting trip

We’d reserved a rafting trip on the Kings River the day after San Francisco and before arriving in Sequoia NP. Whenever possible, we try to get in a rafting trip on our travels because this is something we can never do at home. After some googling, I’d found Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, who had good recommendations and offered a selection of trips on different rivers. Since we are not ‘seasoned’ rafters, I wanted a river that would not be too ‘wild’ and the Kings River seemed a good choice. We chose for the whole-day trip and since we had to be at Zephyr basecamp early in the morning, decided to camp at their basecamp the night before.

We drove from San Francisco all the way to Zephyr’s basecamp near the town of Sanger, which resulted to be a drive that we’d way underestimated! The first part went quick enough, driving mostly on highways so no problem all the way to Fresno, but once at the town of Sanger, we had to find our way first to the hamlet of Piedra, then past a huge reservoir to Zephyr basecamp.

Camping right beside the Kings River
Talk about ‘in the middle of nowhere’! At one time we thought we’d made a wrong turn, even having followed the instructions they’d mailed us to the letter. After about 2 hours on the ‘twisty’ road, we finally arrived at basecamp. Turned out we were the only guests and campers, another couple would arrive the next day to do the rafting trip with us but that night, we had the camp to ourselves. First thing was of course setting up the tent before it became dark! We selected a nice spot with our own little ‘beach’ next to the river and set up house. As soon as we’d settled down with a nice chicken dinner we’d brought along, the mozzies attacked! They were fierce! We were happy for our mozzie spray!

After relaxing a bit next to the river, we were really tired from the long drive so we went to sleep early, in preparation for a day of excitement the next day!

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Our camping spot beside the Kings …
Our camping spot beside the Kings…
Camping right beside the Kings Riv…
Camping right beside the Kings Ri…
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