Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show coming Oct. 1-5 to Suburban Collection Showplace

Check Out the Latest in RVing at the 25th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show

The 25th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), will welcome unique RVs and great deals Oct. 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

More than 275 new recreation vehicles will be displayed, including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers and fifth wheel travel trailers. Special discounts on RVs include folding campers from $6,995, trailers from $8,995 and motorhomes from $49,995.

In addition to the great show prices, exhibitor booths will feature parts, accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing and RV rentals, making this a one-stop-shop for all things camping. John Holod, of John Holod Productions and RV Adventures, will host presentations about travel adventures for show attendees. At the show, also enter to win 2015 event tickets and camping packages from Michigan International Speedway.

A special coupon is available at www.marvac.org, Big Boy restaurants and area newspapers. With this coupon, all consumers receive $1-off any adult or senior admission. The 2014 RV & Campsite guide to camping and RVing in Michigan, which includes coupons from MARVAC members, will be available free to consumers.

The show is open 2-9 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. The cost for adult admission is $10 (ages 13 and up); senior admission is $9; children ages 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is not included in ticket price. The Suburban Collection Showplace is located on Grand River Avenue, south of I-96 between Novi Road and Beck Road.

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism.

Consumers can call 517-349-8881 ext. 10 or visit marvac.org for additional RV show information.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

'Great Camping and Attractions on the Great Lakes' from GoCampingAmerica.com

Egg Harbor in Door County, Wisc. (Photo: www.eggharbordoorcounty.org)
Recently, Jeff Crider wrote a great artile on "Great Camping and Attractions on the Great Lakes" for GoCampingAmerica.com, which is administered by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds.

"One of North America’s most interesting and varied travel destinations is Great Lakes, the largest grouping of freshwater lakes in the world," Crider wrote. "Spanning more than 750 miles from east to west and offering more than 10,000 miles of coastline, Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie offer scenic coastal villages, waterfront towns and historical sites, including lighthouses and military forts, as well as some of the country’s largest cities."

Below are highlights of Crider's report. I strongly encourage you to read the full article.

Lake Superior

  • Buffalo Valley Camping in Duluth, Minn. is a great base camp for exploring the west end of Lake Superior. 


Lake Michigan
Door County, Wis.: One of the most popular vacation destinations in Wisconsin, Door County is famous for its lakefront campgrounds, its dense forests and numerous scenic locations for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and hiking.
  • Door County Camping Resort, Egg Harbor, Wis.
  • Egg Harbor Campground & RV Resort, Egg Harbor, Wis.
  • Fish Creek Campground, Fish Creek, Wis.
  • Harbour Village Resort, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
  • Tranquil Timbers Camping Resort, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Green Bay, Wis.: The cities near Green Bay are popular summer camping destinations for Green Bay Packers fans, who go to Laumbeau Field to watch the packers practice until football season starts in the fall.
  • Apple Creek Campground, De Pere, Wis.
Milwaukee, Wis.: New attractions in Milwaukee include Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin (www.discoveryworld.org), a 120,000-square foot facility with interactive science and technology exhibits, theaters as well as fresh and salt water aquariums that feature aquatic life from the Great Lakes, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean.
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Caledonia, Wis.
Chicago, Ill.: Top attractions in Chicago include the Art Institute of Chicago, which was considered one of the top rated museums in the United States. Other attractions include the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, the Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier, an entertainment venue that includes a 150-foot ferris wheel and an IMAX theater.
  • Fish Lake Beach Resort, Volo, Ill.
  • Fossil Rock Recreation Area, Wilmington, Ill.
  • Hide-A-Way Lakes, Yorkville, Ill.
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Portage, Ind.
Traverse City, Mich.: This is scenic area is popular area is popular with hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts. Local attractions also include Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore, which offers miles and miles of white sand beaches as well as sweeping views of Lake Michigan from atop the park’s sand dunes.
  • Holiday Park Campground, Traverse City, Mich.
  • Leelanau Pines Campground, Cedar, Mich.
  • Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, Traverse City, Mich.
  • Traverse Bay RV Resort, Acme, Mich.
Lake Huron
Mackinac Island, Mich.: Located on the northern tip of Michigan on Lake Huron, Mackinac Island was voted one of the top 10 islands in the world by Condé Nast Traveler for its historic architecture and scenic environment. The island, which is also the site of Michigan’s oldest state park, is also the site of the annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival, which is scheduled for Aug. 22-23.
  • Cedarville R.V. Park & Campground, Mackinaw City
  • Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping, Mackinaw City
  • Mackinaw City / Mackinac Island KOA
Frankenmuth, Mich: This German-themed town, a few miles inland from Lake Huron, is the only city outside of Munich, Germany to have an officially sanctioned Oktoberfest celebration, which takes place this year from Sept. 18-21. Other upcoming Frankenmuth events include the Michigan Zombie Run, a 5k mud and obstacle course run through a densely wooded course filled with zombies that jump out at the runners. Zombie runs are scheduled for July 19 and Aug. 9.
  • Ber-Wa-Ga-Na Campground, Vasser, Mich.
  • Frankenmuth Jellystone Park, Frankenmuth, Mich.
  • Genesee Otter Lake Campground, Otter Lake, Mich.
Lake Erie
Several historic lighthouses are located along Lake Erie, including the Land Lighthouse in Erie, Penn. Originally built in 1818, this was the first lighthouse built by the U.S. government in the Great Lakes. The current structure was built in 1867.
  • Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabin Rentals, Fairview, Penn.
  • Sara’s Campground, Erie, Penn.
  • West Haven at Lake Erie RV Park and Family Campground, Fairview, Penn.
Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, N.Y.: This park features historic submarines and ships, artifacts and special events.
  • Hejamada Campground & RV Park, Port Byron, N.Y.
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mexico, N.Y.
Lake Ontario
Niagara Falls: One of the most famous waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls is actually a series of three waterfalls on the Niagara River that drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.
  • Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort, Grand Island, N.Y.
  • Niagara Falls KOA, Grand Island, N.Y.
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse in Youngstown, N.Y.: This lighthouse was first constructed on the roof of the Old Fort in 1781. It was the earliest official lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
  • Jellystone Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, Ont.
  • Niagara Falls KOA, Grand Island, N.Y.
  • Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort, Grand Island, N.Y.
Selkirk Lighthouse in Port Ontario, N.Y.: Built in 1838, this is one of only four lighthouses in the U.S. to retain its original birdcage lantern.
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Mexico, N.Y.

Monday, September 15, 2014

North America Driving Tour Apps adds Key West



New Tour App Reveals Best Sights When Driving Through The Florida Keys From Miami To Key West

A new tour app that tells drivers where to find the best sights, attractions and viewpoints along the iconic Miami to Key West route officially launched this week.

This is the latest audio tour released by GyPSy Guide - an app for iPhone and Android devices that's like having a personal tour guide in your car. The tours play automatically as you drive and uses your phone's GPS technology to tell you about the most interesting places to see while on a road trip.

The apps also reveal unique stories about each destination, providing the same in-depth level of detail you would get from a real-life tour guide. In fact, the commentary for the Miami to Key West app was prepared by veteran Florida tour guide Martin Crossland. He has led thousands of visitors on tours of the Florida Keys.

"Through those thousands of trips to Key West I've learned what attractions travelers love most," said Crossland. "In preparing this tour I've picked the most enjoyable and definitive places in the Keys, so then the visitor can decide what suits their taste and the time they have available."

Just a few of the more than 100 points of interest covered by the Miami to Key West audio tour include:
  • Little-known details about the popular Bahia Honda State Park
  • Can't-miss bars  and restaurants, like the funky No Name Pub
  • Fascinating information about Seven Mile Bridge - the longest bridge on the drive
  • Where to find the home of the famous Rumrunner cocktail
For more information about GyPSy Guide's Miami to Key West audio tour, please go to: www.gypsyguide.com/apps/Florida. The tour apps are available in the App Store and Google's Play Store for $4.99.

About GyPSy Guide
GyPSy Guide was created by Rick Bulich, an experienced tour guide. He made the app for travelers who prefer road trips to guided bus tours, but don't want to miss any of the best attractions or viewpoints along the way.

"When I go on vacation I like to drive myself, to enjoy the freedom of deciding where to stop and for how long," said Bulich. "But like every other tourist, I love hearing all those fun and unique stories from the places I visit. I love the idea of a tour guide.  I just don't want to ride on a bus with a bunch of other people."

Other App destinations include:

  • Canadian Rockies
  • Vacnouver & British Columbia
  • las Vegas
  • Maui
  • Oahu
  • Moab
  • Toronto/Niagra
  • Vermont

For more information about GyPSy Guide, please visit www.gypsyguide.com.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Top RV Parks for Golfers for 2014 Named by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide



The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Parks for Golfers for 2014. These RV parks provide challenging, fun-filled golf courses for RVers who seek out great links on their travels.

Some of the RV parks on this list feature golf courses and driving ranges on their property; others are located in regions with several nearby golf courses. In all cases, these parks are up to par when it comes to attracting folks who are always ready to tee off.

Highlights from the List
  • Some RV parks attract golfers in part because of their proximity to world-renowned courses. Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell is located just two minutes from the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 New Public Golf Courses in the World.
  • Parks that offer links within the resort include Pueblo El Mirage Golf and RV Resort, which boasts a 72-par course designed by golfing champion Fuzzy Zoeller.
  • RV/Golf travel packages help some of these RV parks attract golfing customers. Mallard Creek Golf Course & RV Resort, for instance, offers packages for stays as long as a month that include unlimited golf on the resort's course.
Facts about Golfing RV Travelers
  • Since 1980, the number of golfers in the United States has grown by 50 percent, with more than 30 million enthusiasts hitting the links.
  • There are approximately 15,500 golf facilities in the U.S., many of which are in or near or within RV parks.
  • In 2012, golfers played 490 million rounds on U.S. courses, up 5.7 percent from 2011
Choosing the Parks
The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory chose the list of Top Golfing RV Parks from the annual publication's database of 8,000 private parks.

In addition to in-depth listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort
Top RV Parks For Golfers
Alabama 
Auburn RV Park at Leisure Time Campground, Auburn

Arizona
Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell, Fort Mcdowell
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, Casa Grande
Pueblo El Mirage Golf & RV Resort, El Mirage

California 
Emerald Desert RV Resort - Sunland, Palm Desert
Pomo RV Park & Campground, Fort Bragg
Signature Motorcoach Resort at Bay Harbor

Florida 
Grand Lake RV & Golf Resort, Citra
The Glades RV Resort, La Belle

Michigan 
Signature Motorcoach Resort at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor

Missouri 
Mark Twain Landing, Monroe City



Montana
Fairmont RV Park & Campground, Anaconda

Oregon
Mallard Creek Golf & RV Resort, Lebanon

Texas 
Parkview Riverside RV Park, Concan

Washington 
Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Three new trails open to hikers, bikers in Wisconsin

Bearskin State Trail
EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Zeloski Marsh trail opening delayed. Heavy rains early in the week have forced a delay in the announced opening of a new 2.5 mile bike and hiking trail in the Zeloski Marsh unit of the Lake Mills State Wildlife Area. The trail was to have opened Sept. 1. No date for the trail opening is available at this time.

MADISON - Hikers and bicyclists have additional trails to explore in Wisconsin this summer and fall with the opening of three new trails this summer.

In July, an 8-mile paved trail was completed through the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest connecting the communities of Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction. With the completion of this section the paved trail system in Vilas County stretches for approximately 45 miles, running almost to Eagle River. The paved trails began with the first segment connecting North Trout campground to the town of Boulder Junction, funded with a combination of Stewardship and Wisconsin Department of Transportation funding. The new section was primarily funded by the Manitowish Waters Trail Foundation.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources contributed forest land for most of the trail and a gravel pit to provide construction material. The trail goes through some rustic parts of the forests and across some wetlands. One of the main features of the trail are long boardwalks that cross wetlands and Rice Creek.

And as of last weekend, cyclists can ride more easily between Tomahawk and Minocqua with the completion of phase one of the Bearskin and Hiawatha trail connection.

DNR finished building a 6-mile connector stretch that joins the two major trails together in August. The total ride is 32 miles, almost all of which is on designated bike trail. There are still 4.5 miles of riding on county roads; future plans for the project would replace those sections with bike trail in phase 2.

The 18-mile Bearskin State Trail was completed in the late 70s and the Hiawatha Trail was completed in 1989. Both trails use an old railroad corridor and are used in the summer for biking and hiking and in the winter as a snowmobile trail.

Zeloski Marsh Bike Trail (WDNR photo)
While the opening has been delayed by heavy rain earlier this month, a new 2.5 mile recreational trail on the Zeloski Marsh Unit of the Lake Mills Wildlife Area in Jefferson County is set to open soon. The new trail will connect a planned Jefferson County's London Road bicycle route with the Glacial Drumlin State Trail.

Construction of the bicycle trail was envisaged in the Glacial Heritage Area master plan approved by the Natural Resources Board in 2009. The Glacial Heritage Area is a coordinated series of parks, preserves, wildlife and natural areas and other conservation lands that are linked together and to nearby cities and villages with different types of trails.

The new trail will provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for cyclists and hikers, according to Mark Witecha, a DNR wildlife biologist who oversees the property.

A state trail pass is required for bicyclists on the Bearskin and Glacial Drumlin state trails but the pass in not required for the Manitowish Waters-Boulder Junction trail or the Zeloski Marsh trail.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Family Fun and Halloween Camping at ARVC Michigan Campgrounds

Photo from Motorhome Magazine
Do you have witches and warlocks on your mind? Maybe you like being spooked by creatures peeking around the corner? Believe it or not, Halloween is fast approaching, so on top of the traditional trick-or-treating through your neighborhood include the same family fun at an ARVC Michigan campground near you.

For families in search of campgrounds offering Halloween festivities, the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan (ARVC Michigan) has several campgrounds hosting events celebrating the spirit of Halloween.

Nearly a dozen campgrounds offering activities for families from mid-September through October:

September 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 / October 3-4
Campers Haven Family Campground
Bad Axe, MI
989.269.7989
www.campershavenonline.com

September 12-13
Whispering Waters Campground
Hasting
269.945.5166
www.whisperingwatersonline.com

September 12-14
Walnut Hills Family Campground
Durand, MI
989.634.9782
www.walnuthillsfamilycampground.com

September 20
Berwagana Campground
Vassar, MI
989.673.7125
www.berwaganacampground.com

September 20
Snow Lake Kampground
Fenwick, MI
989.248.3224
www.snowlakekampground.com

September 26-28 / October 3-5, 10-12, 19-21 & 26-28
Harbortown RV Resort
Monroe, MI
734.384.4700
www.harbortownrv.com

October 3-4
Myers Lake Campground
Byron, MI
810.266.4511
www.myerslake.org

October 4-6
River View Campground and Canoe Livery
Sterling, MI
989.654.2447
www.riverviewcampground.com

October 3-5
Whispering Pines RV Resort & Campground
Mancelona, MI
231-535-0461
www.wprvresort.com

This is not an all-inclusive list. This list includes campgrounds that responded back to a survey indicating availability, as of August 25, 2014. Availability is subject to change. Reservations are required.

About ARVC Michigan
ARVC Michigan represents nearly 160 campgrounds with more than 25,000 sites available throughout the state. These privately-owned campgrounds are promoted in an annual Michigan Campground Directory, available at various locations statewide, including all Michigan Welcome Centers. The Association's mission is to lead in the development of the RV Parks and Campground industry through education, communication and representation. ARVC Michigan is an affiliated partner of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). (www.gocampingamerica.com)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Illinois DNR seeks camp store manager for Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park (Illinois DNR photo)
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is looking for a concessionaire to operate the camp store located in Mississippi Palisades State Park for the 2015 season and beyond.

The camp store offers prepackaged food, beverages, camping supplies, ice, and firewood.

Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers in northwestern Illinois, the 2,500-acre Mississippi Palisades State Park is rich in American Indian history. Among other amenities, the park features wooded ravines, a 15-mile trail system, fishing and boating, and a 241-site campground.

If you are interested in this leasing opportunity or would like more information, contact Jay Nottrott, site superintendent, at 815-273-2731 or jay.nottrott@illinois.gov

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Video: Michigan Out Of Doors chases Musky in the Upper Peninsula



Enjoy episode #1433 of Michigan Out of Doors, in which the Jimmy Gretzinger chases Musky in a canoe on the Tahquamenon River. Michigan Out Of Doors also stops in with the Michigan DNR to learn about a new teal season.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Indiana State Parks offering camping discount

A new offer from Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs makes weeknight camping more affordable during September.

Those who book a new campsite reservation for one or more weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) during the month will receive 20% off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking.

According to a release, the offer applies to all State Parks & Reservoirs campgrounds, Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas, and Greene-Sullivan State Forest.

The reservation must be booked and used by Oct. 8. The offer does not apply to reservations made before Aug. 27, or to reservations made in combination with any other discount or offer. The offer does not apply to walk-in registrations. The offer excludes Labor Day weekend.

Reservations can be booked at camp.IN.gov or by calling (866) 622-6746. Use the promo code “CAMPIN14.”

Friday, September 5, 2014

Video: 'RV Water Pump Maintenance' by RV Education 101



Enjoy this 3:50 video on RV Water Pump Preventive Maintenance Tips' from Mark Polk of RV Education 101. This video can be found on Mark's new RV DIY channel.

Here's what Mark had to say about his video:
In this RV DIY™Channel premier video Mark Polk with RV Education 101 demonstrates some easy preventive maintenance tips to help keep your RV water pump in tip-top operating condition.

RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Video: 'Rapid Camp System' from Thor Motor Coach



Enjoy this video from Thor Motor Coach on its 'Rapid Camp: Modern RV & Motorhome Remote Control System'


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Guest post: O.A.R.S. Embraces Autumn on Western Waterways and National Park Trails with Multi-Day Adventure Vacations

Veteran river outfitter and nature-based adventure travel company O.A.R.S. (http://www.oars.com/) announces rafting, hiking and multi-sport vacations into October that promise cooler temperatures along with great fishing, uncrowded wilderness and brilliant night skies.

“It’s our favorite season for hiking and exploring in the national parks,” adds Steve Markle, O.A.R.S.’ spokesperson. “And then there’s the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, which not only has spectacular alpine scenery, but also world-class trout fishing - especially in September when high water has receded, the river is crystal clear, and angling conditions are prime.”

Markle suggests some of the company’s most popular fall adventures for anyone looking for domestic travel from September through October:

Through mid-September O.A.R.S.’ six-day Yellowstone & Grand Teton Explorer takes guests off the beaten track at a time when seasonal visits to the two parks are slowing down. This multi-sport program in wild Wyoming includes two nights of lodging and three nights of catered camping on Jackson Lake with days spent touring Yellowstone and kayaking and hiking in Grand Teton. Through special access granted by the National Park Service, O.A.R.S. has been given permission to camp on an island in the lake, a privilege unique to this company. This trip transports guests into a world of mountain peaks and meadows, trout streams, waterfalls, bear, moose and bison. The rate is $1,589/person based on double occupancy for six days (five-day camping trips also available from $1,399/person).

The company’s four-day, lodge-based Grand Canyon Rim to River Hiker in September and October brings guests into one of the deepest parts of the Grand Canyon with an overnight stay at historic Phantom Ranch. The adventure begins in Walnut Canyon, en route to the South Rim, with a close-up view of 25 unique cliff dwellings. Hiking in Wupatki National Monument, features multi-story ruins of red sandstone blocks and mortar.  After gazing into the canyon’s depths from the Desert View Watchtower, a night at the South Rim is the perfect spot to rest before an invigorating hike into the canyon the following day. The South Kaibab Trail, a seven-mile hike into the canyon, reveals panoramic vistas that overwhelm the senses as guests take in the canyon’s grandeur.  The Bright Angel Trail offers a nine-mile hike out of the canyon, followed by a short stroll along the Rim Trail to Hermit’s Rest before returning to Flagstaff on the final day of this hiking adventure. The rate is $1,599/person based on double occupancy.

In September, six-day fishing trips on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River combine crystal clear water, abundant wildlife, amazing scenery, hot springs and Blue Ribbon trout fishing. This Idaho adventure brings guests into the largest federally protected wilderness in the continental U.S., a rugged and varied terrain of pine-clad mountains, rolling grasslands and narrow gorges. The catch-and-release policy along with limited access to the river and little angling pressure has resulted in a river loaded with fish. Twelve- to fourteen-inchers are common, with an occasional trophy sixteen- to eighteen-inch lunker. From $2,082/person.

The Colorado River through Cataract Canyon serves up ideal conditions for hiking to scenic viewpoints and pre-Puebloan sites, stand up paddleboarding in the flat water and Class III whitewater through the heart of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. By September the scorching heat of the summer has faded, and with the sun a little lower in the sky, the shade created by canyon walls produces mesmerizing oblique lighting and wonderful opportunities for photography. Guests can marvel at million-year-old rock formations as well as ancient pictographs & petroglyphs while hiking side canyon trails. Four- and six-day trips through October start at $1,529/person.

On a special Sept. 14 “Stars with Lars” astronomy trip, veteran O.A.R.S.’ guide Lars Haarr will help interpret the night sky that offers some of the best conditions for stargazing due to the remote location and absence of city lights.

The per person, double occupancy rates for autumn 2014 programs include nights of lodge accommodations and/or comfortable catered camping, all river equipment, dry bags for gear, meals from departure day through the end of the trip and professional guide services.

For more information, availability, reservations and a copy of the 2014 O.A.R.S. Adventures catalog call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email info@oars.com, or visit: http://www.oars.com/.

About O.A.R.S.
Some 500,000 guests later, O.A.R.S. has been providing whitewater rafting vacations since 1969. Over the decades the company has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport adventure, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines around the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries, including one-day and weekend escapes. In 2013, for the seventh consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler’s standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category. In 2013 Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, named O.A.R.S. one of the top two outfitters in the world in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program.