Families with older kids know how hard it can be to get everyone together. This summer my daughter is again a raft guide for ARTA and my son is getting ready for his first year at college. Betsy figured out a great way to get everyone together – we’ll pay for an ARTA river trip with my daughter as guide. As a bonus our good friend Mikey from our recent Grand Canyon trip was also a guide.
It was a three day Tuolomne trip with side hikes up Clavey River and the North Fork. I flew into Pine Mountain Lake airport in Groveland and Belyn picked us up there. Belyn, Mikey and Ethan were our guides and we also had a nice couple, Betty and Bob, with us. There is a funny story about Betty and Bob on the trip, but maybe it shouldn’t be told here.
It was a great trip of white water, wilderness, family, friends, and a successful “butt damn” on the North Fork where four us sat in a chute to block the flow enough to raise a swimming hole by about a foot.
ARTA’s Tuolomne guide-house is in Groveland, so I am quite sure they would pick up any pilots landing at Pine Mountain Lake and wanting to do the trip – and the “T” is a great Class IV California river to do.