Thanks to Jermaine for posting this thorough, descriptive review on Yelp. Jermaine is another one of our enthusiastic, authentic customers that Yelp filtered. I think the trouble with Yelp's algorithm is that it does not take into account the potential for an effusive review that a white water rafting trip is likely to produce. Jermaine was STOKED after his experience. Like Apple computer's early evangelizers, those who take their first journey down a river often emerge at the take-out with an "AHA!" look on their face.
Here is Jermaine's experience:
"I booked a trip with Orion River Rafting for the 28th of May, with no fear at all, not even thinking about our trip until about one week before the actual trip, then the fear started to set in on all that could go wrong on the water with me not being a strong swimmer. My wife was not afraid at all, that is until we got to the first white waters, then she got nervous. All my fear subsided once I got to meet all the cool people at Orion.
Our Whitewater Rafting trip begins!!!
My wife and I met up with Orion River Rafting at a Park in Cashmere WA at 1045 for the 1100 trip. (I suggest trying to be at the park 30-45 min before the show time. I tried to do this but it did not happen.) The directions they gave us made it easy to find them in the park, which was the meeting place for a lot of other outfitters in the area.
When we found Orion at the park, we got all of our instructions on getting ready, and on the things we needed to do, we also got our wetsuits, a very simple experience. Everyone at Orion was very organized and very friendly to everyone attending. From there we loaded a bus, and chauffeured 14 miles to Leavenworth WA, to another park, where we got to use the restroom, and finish getting suited-up for the trip, and took a short walk to the river where our rafts were waiting for us.
At the river's edge there we were giving our safety instructions from our guides Allen and Cher which were very clear and easy to understand. Matt another guide (which was not working that day) went with us and was really helpful in helping us out with our life jackets and getting us some practice with our rowing commands, and entering and exiting the water with the rafts. So all was well and we were off.
Our experience on the water.
The river was moving at 12,000 cfs so it was kinda fast. We would be drifting along in the calm beautiful peaceful waters, having good conversations, joking, taking in the sights, then we would hear the roar of the white waters in the distance getting louder and louder as we get closer, then before we knew it we hear the command from Allen our guide "Paddles Ready!"
Now it gets fun!
We look up and the first things we would see were two or more towering walls of water looking down on us surrounded by white water for 100-500 or so yards depending on the area of the river, with a dip just before each of the towering waves, some of them breaking at the peak. The breaking waves are the ones that usually get you splashed hard, and the smooth waves we usually just sail over them, sometime catching air, only to be splashed afterwards by the white water all around us.
Splash, splash, splash. up, down, up, down, big wave, turned around, wet, cold, wet, cold shocked by the cold water the entire time, then surprised we all made it through it. If you want to best seat on the raft, and you want to set the pace for the rowing of the raft, sit where I sat, on the front left side, or on the front right side of the raft. In these two places you will "as Allen put it," have a more intimate experience with the water.
In other words, you will be hit harder by the waves than any other person on the raft. (So much Fun!!!) Allen was awesome, he kept us from the major hazards he knew of on the river, I was not worried about any of the hazards on our trip. The guides knew what they were doing. Also everyone has to do their part, and keep the raft from the problems areas. With teamwork and the awesome guides you will without a doubt have a WONDERFUL Adventurous experience!!!
The price of the trip was worth every penny we paid for it. I am working on another trip with Orion with more friends for later this year.
Why I like Orion:
1st Their rafts has pockets for your foot, to help keep you in the raft.
2nd The lunch we had was very nice, enough for everyone, and a good variety of food.
3rd The guides are really experienced, and caring, Allen gave my freezing wife and another person on our raft his extra personal jacket to use to keep warm with.
4th They are very organized.
5th They really do keep everyone safe on the river.
This was class III+ waters, but the entire experience was nothing less than a Class V (inside joke)
Give Orion River Rafting a try you will really enjoy this company and their guides."
WE like to say that the Wenatchee River is a Class III river with a Class IV heart. Wenatchee's white water is EXACTLY what 95% of rafting guests are looking for when they sign up to go river rafting.