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How The Canyons River Company Came To Be
Within the environs of the alluring Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho passes the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. A boating experience on this river is bound to have you raring for the next time. The Canyons River Company has been providing boating and camping expeditions since 1985.
As such, it is one of the most experienced tour companies within the area. There are different trips to take, and we will discuss that below.
Exploring in Group Raft Expeditions
Canyons offers rafting expeditions to groups, ranging between four and eight individuals per raft.
Within each raft, you get a guide who keeps you on your toes with regards to paddling and makes sure everything runs smoothly. This is an ideal choice for groups that wish to encounter high whitewater adventures. You will get to witness a myriad of various water conditions that will test the group’s coordination and paddling strength.
This service is available to visitors who do not wish to exercise their arms with oars or paddles. The guide will do all the hard work. Thus, you can enjoy the scenery that the surrounding mountainous conifer forests and lush fresh water beneath offer. If you take your own kayak or raft and get tired, they can tie it to their raft and you can ride with the group for part of the trip, if there’s enough room.
Individual Kayaking Or Canoeing For The Lone Wolf?
Feel like engaging this water activity a little harder? You can go on a solo or tandem whitewater kayaking trip. Less experienced kayakers can start with sturdy inflatable kayaks which are easy to maneuver and paddle. Hard shelled kayaks are available for the more experienced kayakers, or you can bring your own. If you are kayaking the rapids, you must be experienced.
A visit to this forest is tempting enough to warrant the need for some camping. If you are the camping type, you are in luck, because Canyons has the right packages for everyone. They have some nice camping spots situated in the middle of the forest. You will get the chance to link up with new faces in a friendlier manner, away from your daily social and work related interruptions.
Canyons cultivates its own fruits and vegetables in its own gardens. Even some of the animal products, such as eggs, are sourced from Canyons’ own farm. This means that eating fresh, high-quality food will be a daily pleasure during your trip. The menu also provides a long list of choices, especially for your breakfasts and dinners.
Canyons River Company always has a number of periodic specialty services aimed at appreciating various facets of our society. For lovers of Yoga, there are various sessions of yoga-tailored trips during the year, and the same goes for taste-bud savvy, outdoor-experience loving individuals. To get a peek into their specialty trips, you can visit their website or call their office.
LGBT Rafting Expedition
As part of their specialty packages, Canyons has been offering a yearly LGBT rafting expedition since 2004. This gorgeous meet and greet raft event is open to both LGBT persons and straight individuals. Rafting trips during the event are still based on the standard 6 and 12 day expeditions. Read about the best inflatable kayaks for these trips and you can bring your own. They are incredibly easy to carry and set up!
The 6 day expedition offers you the chance to choose between the Middle Fork trip or the Main Salmon trip. The 12 day tour allows you to go through both tributaries unencumbered by time. Both offers are a fun-filled way of creating cross linkages within and outside the LGBT community.
This event is meant to appreciate and foster the acceptance of the LGBT community with society as a whole. During the event, all the exciting activities that are on Canyons’ normal roster are still available to the attendees. Whether you are a member of the LGBT community or not, this occurrence is worth an attendance.
What To Expect On Expeditions
Canyons River Company does exactly what it claims to do. During a trip, expect to meet other thrill seekers from various backgrounds. You will also encounter and interact with the most understanding guides who will make your stay in the forest all the more pleasurable.
The paddling exercises are likely to get you back into shape, if you’ve been resting for a while. The embrace of group activities will leave you with a deep appreciation for nature. Even though experiences may differ, the word ‘fun’ will most definitely be a word in your description of the Canyons River Company.
Atlantis Events is one of the biggest brands in the gay men cruises industry. Its first all gay event was held more than 25 years ago. Today, it produces unique all-gay cruises and resort vacations all over the world. Atlantis Events gives its guests a place where they can relax, be themselves and have fun in ways they’ve never imagined.
Atlantis Events organizes an average of 8 cruises each year around the world. They charter ships from cruise lines and customize them specifically for their gay guests, just like Olivia Cruises. Their gay cruises give you a chance to visit new places and have memorable adventures with a fun-filled community. Women are also welcomed on-board, but men are not on Olivia Cruises.
The cruises are Amsterdam to Barcelona, San Diego to Mexico, Harmony Caribbean, Auckland to Sydney and the exotic Caribbean cruise. The Caribbean cruises depart from Fort Lauderdale or Miami and sail late winter or early spring. The crowd is usually relatively young. The Mexico cruise is normally in October, sailing to Puerta Vallarta from Los Angeles and it has more of a west coast crowd. In Europe, there are Mediterranean cruises in the summer, where the crowd is more European. There aren’t a lot of young people since it’s more expensive than the Caribbean cruise. In general, there is a mixed crowd on the ships. You’ll find both young and old men and a few ladies.
Drinks and food are served in plentiful quantities. You are not obligated to eat at a specific time. Neither will you be forced to participate in any activity. You are free to enjoy your cruise as you please. Since most of the meals are included in the fare, the extra expenses will be few. The fare also includes all of the entertainment, parties and activities, and there are a lot of entertainment options.
You will get a lot of chances to dance the night and day away in the legendary parties held each week. Some of the parties are theme-oriented and often outdoors. People come in a variety of costumes that lighten the mood. Each night is different, and you’ll get to experience different types of music and dance under the mesmerizing moonlight. Events geared towards couples and singles are included, so no one is left out.
For those who are not into parties, there are a lot of other options. Atlantis Events creates fantastic shows by producing performances by top talent entertainers. Each comic, singer, musician, cabaret act, production show, and drag performer is hand selected to suit the guests. The lineup of the performances is made for a wide range of tastes. The fun is not only at night, the days also have their events. Pool gaming, glass bowling demonstrations and wine tastings are some of the activities you can indulge in.
The ships are usually equipped with fantastic, comfortable staterooms that make you feel right at home. Most of the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea. They are also serviced twice a day and room service is available 24-hours a day. You also have the freedom to choose from a wide range of movies that also features gay cinema. You can choose to have private quiet time in your room or enjoy the activities outside, the choice is yours.
Olivia Cruises is a lesbian travel company that coordinates cruises for women exclusively. They do not own their own ship, so they charter entire elegant cruise ships to conduct and operate a cruise vacation. They then plan and coordinate the itinerary, activities and entertainment, while also handling all the bookings.
Olivia Cruises is part of Olivia Travel, an international tour company that is devoted entirely to providing travel services, including resort vacations, riverboat journeys, adventure travel and cruises for lesbians. Founded in 1973, with headquarters in San Francisco, California, Olivia Travel, throughout its history, has focused solely on meeting the travel needs of lesbians. Today, they are still the lone cruise company in the world that exclusively caters to lesbians. That philosophy is captured by their simple, but profound motto: “We bring women together on vacation”.
Each Olivia cruise strives to have its own unique and ‘special flavor’, but fun is the common denominator where ever the cruise’s itinerary takes the ship and its passengers. Different cruises operated by Olivia will go all over the world including Italy and the Amalfi Coast, the Caribbean, the Mystical Norwegian Fjords and the luxury and splendour of a Venice to Athens cruise. There is a destination for every woman and most women want to sail with Olivia again to sample them all.
Single women and couples are both welcomed. Meeting and making friends in a fun and safe environment, where you are surrounded by hundreds of lesbians, is the cornerstone of ‘The Olivia Experience’. For solo travellers, special single activities and get togethers are part of every cruise so that singles can meet their fellow passengers, make new friends and perhaps make a romantic connection.
The amenities of other standard cruises are also available, such as spectacular entertainment, incredible dining experiences and exotic shore excursions. However, with Olivia Cruises, they take it up to a higher level with lesbian entertainers, fabulous parties, and a real sense of community. Notable celebrities such as Margaret Cho, the Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, K.D. Lang and others have performed on Olivia Cruises in the past.
Cruising can be an addictive experience, with the basic cruise fare including accommodations (there are different levels of cabins such as balcony, ocean view, inside etc), all meals (there can be opportunities for speciality dining for a surcharge, but all meals on the buffet and dining room are included), and entertainment throughout the ship, along with Olivia’s special entertainment and programming.
Olivia charters some of the finest and most elegant cruise ships in the world, such as the Azamara Quest, Windstar’s Wind Surf, Holland America’s MS Rotterdam, and the Celebrity Summit. In addition to the crew of the ship, every Olivia Cruise is also staffed by Olivia personnel to attend to any inquiry or issue that may arise. Passengers are taken care of on an Olivia cruise.
Olivia does its best to make its cruises affordable, while providing incredible value. Next year, Olivia Cruises will be celebrating its 45th Anniversary with a special anniversary cruise to the Caribbean to mark 45 years of fun and laughter on the high seas for its loyal clientele.
We’ll be discussing Atlantis’s cruises, but here is a short clip of what these cruises include…ultimate fun!
Until the article for Olivia Cruises is out, why not watch a video first? It’s pretty awesome and look like so much fun!
This is why I love the ocean: so many amazing possibilities. Experiencing an Orca, in the wild, like this? Once in a lifetime experience right here:
I’m really fond of river cruising and messing about with boats on inland waterways or at sea. Last year, me and my co-workers planned to spend our summer holiday in Hawaii. We wanted a different experience, but also for it to feel peaceful. Last minute booking was the best we could do.
Captain Cody was the one that took us on this amazing trip. He was extremely friendly and professional, and the boat was well maintained, giving a comfortable ride even in windy conditions. This was an unusual kind of trip and such a fantastic experience.
The first day was windy but we managed to find an excellent spot for kayak fishing in the ocean. Captain Cody gave us the special fishing gear which included a kayak, super short custom rods and speed reels. Each of these tools proved vital to our fishing success. We met two local kayakers who warned us that we would need some protection against tiger sharks. Captain Cody gave me a device which emitted electrical pulses to deter the sharks.
However, this didn’t sound like something I wanted to depend on while fishing. At the same time, I was struggling to maintain balance on the kayak. One of my team members reasoned that we should have nothing to worry about since so many people kayak, dive and swim without being mauled by sharks. My fish finder started registering some numbers, so I kept my kayak steady and enjoyed fishing.
After the incredible fishing time, we went to explore the island only to land at the Kona Coast Resort. It featured a restaurant, a fully equipped kitchen, a swimming pool, villa-style suites and an array of amenities etc. I couldn’t wait to taste their dishes so I ordered grilled chicken served with rice. This happened to be the most delicious meal I had tasted for a long time.
At around 5pm, we had some drinks as we enjoyed a show with a local band. Later, we went to sleep for the following day’s activities. The accommodation was excellent, making it the most amazing day of our trip.
The following day, we went back to the ocean for sport fishing. We found Captain Cody there ready to go. I gained a lot of knowledge by him showing me many kinds of fish and fishing styles available. He had more than 20 years of experience, sharing history and stories of the island and ocean. Together with my workmates, we started to do some serious fishing. After heading to deeper waters, we could point out some sharks, whales and dolphins!
That was the best fishing trip I ever went on & clearly one of the most memorable ones! We learned so many different fishing techniques. What’s surprising is that, there are boats everywhere along Kona Coast. I saw every imaginable kind of craft and fishing boat.
With no specific plan set out, Cody took us wherever we wanted to go. He organized our day and made sure we got the most out of our trip. I remember asking him recommendations on kayaks and he recommended I check out Killer Kayaks information. He told me that if I was looking for a cheap one, then I could find good recommendations of kayaks for around $200 and not to go over. It’s something that everyone will remember for a long time, and we still talk about it. Kudos to Captain Cody, who made me feel like pros by the end of the trip!
Planning a vacation can be stressful for anyone, but it is even more daunting for the LGBTQ community. There’s so much to consider, for instance, gay-friendly locations where you can be yourself in comfort. However, this is not a good enough reason to shy away from some fun. If there’s anything that the LGBTQ community is well known for, it’s letting their hair down and having some wild fun. Although hosting your friends is a good bonding opportunity, there are some factors you need to consider beforehand.
1. Set A Budget
Every perfect boating trip starts with a budget. After all, doesn’t everything have a price tag? You need to determine the size and cost of the housing boat to hire, the number of guests, food and drinks, entertainers, time of the year, and vacation hot spots to visit. Consider the amount of money that you are willing to set apart for the vacation and work everything else around the budget. You can seek the wise counsel of an event planner to help you land the best deals, hence saving money.
2. Pick A Spot
Just because this is a boating trip doesn’t mean that you guys will spend the entire time on the boat. Safety is key in this case. The spots that you choose should be gay-friendly to rule out the risk of harassment from other travelers and locals. You may need to consult gay-friendly tourist agencies for this. You can even go beforehand and talk to the locals about how well a gay boating trip would be accepted in the area.
3. Pick The Date And Duration Of The Trip
Your guests wouldn’t mind vacationing for the rest of their lives, but we know that all good things eventually come to an end. Your budget will determine the duration of the trip. Renting a houseboat during holidays and peak seasons will cost more than on other dates.
4. Create A List Of Invited Guests
Now let’s dive into the fun part. After determining the number of people to host, take your time in compiling a list of invited guests. Resist the temptation to bring in more people than the boat can accommodate. Consider the tight living quarters on the boat. Everyone on your list should be comfortable and willing to get along with each other for a few days. Putting people who have grudges against each other in the same cabin is a recipe for disaster.
5. Plan What To Bring
In order to make room on the boat, you can ask your guests to bring a specific number of bags. Foods such as burgers, fries, wine, beer, sandwiches, nuts, and chips are a better choice as they are easier to prepare. If this is a one day trip, the potluck idea is best. This is whereby every guest brings a dish and everyone gets to share and bond over the feast.
Entertainment is key for gay boating trips so bring the music system, a pack of cards, board games, a karaoke machine, etc. You can also ask your guests to each bring a game or suggest a form of entertainment.
Although it’s all fun, games, and adventure on gay boating trips, safety is key. Ensure that the boat has an updated first aid kit, fire extinguisher, life jackets and a number to call in case of emergency. After all the preparations, it’s pure party time!