Orange County Branch Newsletter

September 2011

YMF Rafting Trip

Younger Member Forum - White Water Rafting Trip

By Ravi Shai - OC  YMF  Vice  President

YMF Members Celebrating their Ride Through the Rapids

On the weekend of June 10th through the 12th of 2011, twenty-six members of the Los Angeles Section of YMF attended the camping and rafting trip. Twenty-two (22) of the attendees participated in the rafting portion of the trip. This annual trip brings together the adventure of camping and rafting into one fun-filled weekend.

The trip started with those arriving on Friday meeting up at Pizza Barn in Kernville to enjoy some drinks, pizza, and wings with familiar faces as well as new ones. Afterwards, members headed for the campsite to setup tents and unpack for the adventure filled weekend. At night, ghost stories were shared over a cozy campfire. On the following morning, the group set out for hiking adventures through Peppermint Creek Falls where many took advantage of the beautiful scenery and snapped away at all that mother nature has to offer. Later they relaxed and enjoyed their packed lunches. On the way back, the group stopped for ice cream and returned to the campsite to find some additional members who had arrived. Some members decided to do another hike while the rest of the group remained at the campsite. The whole group was able to share a delicious meal together catered by a local Mexican restaurant. Another campfire and more stories were enjoyed after dinner.

On the last day of the camping trip, a full day of white-water rafting awaited the attendees who were daring enough to take the challenge. The group of rafters met with Whitewater Voyages, the company that would guide our brave rafters through the rapids. They were provided safety equipment and briefed on the expedition that they were about to take. The group began on Class 2 and 3 rapids for the first half of the day, and continued onto Class 3 and 4 rapids for the second half of the day.  After finishing a day of rafting, the rafters returned to the campsite where everyone packed up and said their goodbyes before heading home.  It was a great experience and a great time bonding among YMF groups and members.  We all look forward to next year’s camping and rafting excursion.

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