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Four mistakes to avoid on the Stanislaus River

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POSTED July 21, 2012 1:13 a.m.

MISTAKE NO. 1: IMPROPER DRESS ON THE RIVER

Remember that this is a water rafting trip, so everything you wear will probably be wet by the end of the trip. This means taking jeans, shoes, or any clothing apparel that can’t get wet is a bad idea. Also it is a good idea to bring sunglasses, a hat, and shoes that can get wet but that will stay on your feet if you fall out of the boat.

MISTAKE NO. 2: NOT BEING PREPARED

This is the Central Valley, and in the summer time temperatures around 100 degrees are not uncommon. While the temperature around the river is cooler (because of the water) be prepared for being in the sun. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen. Do not bring a Styrofoam ice chest; they will disintegrate. Do not bring glass bottles. Do not bring any pets (unless OK’d by the office staff). Don’t bring an expensive pair of sunglass, an expensive watch, or an expensive cell phone onto the boat. A good guideline is: if you can’t stand losing it, don’t bring it.

MISTAKE NO. 3: BEING LATE

While we realize it can be hard to get a group onto the water at the designated time, we also need to stress the importance of being on time. The time that your reservation is at is important, and in reality you should plan on getting to the river 10 minutes ahead of time so you can get organized. If you show up too late, under some circumstances, your trip can be delayed or possibly canceled. Make sure you know exactly how to get to our location the day before your trip (RaftAdventure.com/directions), and if you have any questions call our office at 209-848-4800.

MISTAKE NO. 4: OVER-CONSUMPTION

Drinking alcohol on the Stanislaus River is (for now) legal. That being said, you are on a river. You could end up in the water. Sunshine prefers guests to not drink.

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