One of the things that we’re always excited about, here at Adventure Sun Valley, is our ability to offer a Middle Fork Salmon River Wilderness Adventure that represents a fantastic venue for multi-generational family adventures.
We place great value in delivering an experience where everybody: grandparents, parents, kids, aunts, uncles, cousins and best friends of the family, can be together while enjoying a customized set of activities that would match your own style and pace.
Suffice to say, an Idaho wilderness river trip with family members of varying Generations can be a very sweet and memorable time for the entire family, creating lasting memories that are treasured through the years!
Over the years, as we have talked to guests of all ages about our wilderness river adventure, we find the primary motivation for most Senior Adventurers, is to share the experience with the kids and grandkids.
A very common concern that seems to surface frequently is:
IF IT’S APPROPRIATE FOR ME, WILL IT BE BORING FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN?
Let’s say your family has 4 grandsons in the family who are very active, athletic, fire snorting teens seeking high adventure and excitement! On the flip side, maybe you as the grandparents and the boys parents, as well as a young daughter, are looking for something a little more relaxing, with less adrenaline involved.
CUSTOMIZED CHALLENGE FOR MIXED AGE FAMILY GROUPS IS TOTALLY MANAGEABLE
The truth is, we accommodate these mixed group types very easily, from young kids, to teens, adults and seniors, all on the same river trip just by customizing with different approaches. Everybody can still be together, sharing the river experience, but yet engaging in the adventure in radically different ways, as far as the challenges go.
MINIMAL EXERTION FOR SENIORS ~ WHILE ENCOUNTERING MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT!
So as an example, in our large oar boats, whether you’re a senior citizen or not, ride very comfortably on a padded seat where you’re safely riding and hanging on, and the guides are navigating the boat. Your participation is really minimal and your physical exertion is minimal, yet you’re enjoying the beauty and excitement of the outdoors. Five feet behind you is your grandson, yelling “Hey Gramma” and shows you his newest stunts on an inflatable kayak. He’s getting every bit of customized adrenaline he can possibly hope for, and more. By navigating the river in that small boat type, the whitewater and waves are amplified in terms of the wild ride. Because of the variances between the boat types, the adventure produced for Johnnie can be radically different for Gramma, depending on preferences. Yet having Grandmother and Grandfather there with the whole family, sharing the experience and the joys of the river adventures, the laughs and the great conversations, well friend, you’re taking part in creating the memories that will be enjoyed for a lifetime.
SHORELINE ACTIVITIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED BASED ON VARYING DEGREES OF PHYSICAL CAPACITY
As far as above the shoreline activities, again its really possible to keep groups together, but then in very short spans of time, groups split out. One group could take on a very aggressive hike, another group might choose to chill in the shade on the sandy beach and just relax, the teen boys and girls are rock jumping (always adult supervised). So people with varying degrees of physical capacities and desire for activity levels can all be accommodated very easily, while sharing the trip at the same time.
WHEN TECHNOLOGY GETS FILTERED OUT, A SORT OF OLD-FASHIONED BONDING KICKS IN
And while we’re on the topic of family adventures, another real nice highlight of being in a family group on the river is in the old fashioned relationship building that is suddenly available. The fact is, a lot of members of the older generations don’t really understand this whole technology assault on family relationships. They’ll take their grandkids on a trip to Disneyland or on a cruise, and every time they turn around the kids have earplugs in their ears watching a video on their phone, or snap chatting, playing games, or texting …..the grandkids are doing something on their phone that seems very natural to them, but the grandparents don’t understand and the device distracts from their ability to connect with their families and their grandkids.
The beautiful thing is, that when on the river, the absence of all that technology creates a bonding opportunity between family members of different generations.
When the technology gets filtered out, there’s a sort of old fashioned bonding that turns on.
CONCERNS ABOUT AMENITIES & FACILITIES TOTALLY MANAGEABLE
As for the amenities such as toilet facilities, hygiene and camp areas, or even special dietary needs, my guides and I at Adventure Sun Valley are very aware of those situations and have dealt with them a lot. So we’re real careful, in those cases where there might be some concerns, to make sure that we pick camp areas that are easy to navigate and where the toilet facilities don’t require a mountain hike but can be close by and convenient to access. If there are any questions or concerns about that sort of thing, please call us to talk about it. They are valid concerns, but totally manageable and way more common than you might think.
Our big tents are also selected for comfort and function.
I’m 6 foot 2 and I can stand up in our tents. So thats particularly appreciative as you get older, that you’re not having to crouch down into a backpackers tent to get dressed while you’re kneeling over. We’ve got cots setup with air mattresses, so you’re struggling to get up from the ground. Rather, we’ve got you equipped so that you get up and down from a cot, and when you do, most can stand tall.
Because its so important, we make it possible for people with less than olympic physical capability to enjoy the experience of this incredibly beautiful wilderness river, and ensure that you can function in comfort.
Afford the luxury of family bonding. Its priceless.
Today, if you’re a Senior, (you know you are one, because you keep receiving AARP envelopes in the mail) you very well may be retired and in your 60’s, 70’s or 80’s. Over the years, you worked hard to earn the rewards of a blossoming career that likely spanned decades. A destination vacation to float through the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness on a 6 day 5 night excursion with our most beloved ones, is, truly, one of the best things in life.