First-timers John R. and his girlfriend from Tampa, FL rafted the Merced on May 29th and had these remarks:
We really enjoyed the trip. Our guides were the best part. Louis and Joe were outstanding. To start, we were not fully prepared for how cold it was. But they bent over backwards to make sure we had warm clothing and all the appropriate gear.
At the river, they took time to go over all the safety procedures and rafting 101. On the water, they made sure it was enjoyable and kept everyone excited and encouraged. During slow stretches, I particularly enjoyed talking about the surrounding area, Yosemite park, the history of the area and other rivers in the country. Louis was knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch was great too.
As a first timer, my girlfriends fears were gone after the first rapid because of how comfortable our guides made the experience. I was appreciative of the fact that we tried different things on the water and I had the chance to paddle and steer the raft toward the end.
No complaints except that our camping reservation got cancelled right before we got there. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, but it made for a long night prior to our rafting trip. We should have listened to your recommendation on the Yosemite Bug since everything else was full. Oh well.
For next time, we will look to do the 2-Day Tuolumne trip. I need to get 3 more trips to get to the free one. J Thanks for all your help. You really helped to make this a great experience. We will definitely be back next time we are in California.