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Budding Special Trip Concepts for 2014: Bourbon and Music

Live Music and Bourbon on the river, sounds good right? Introducing our 2 newest trip concepts in development for 2014.

The first idea, called the Arcadia Wilderness Concert Series, was brought to us by guide and working musician Kai Welch, an Eastern Oregon native living in Nashville, TN. Kai’s concept is to invite outstanding guest musicians to provide entertainment during the trip. A portion of the proceeds will go to a wilderness-oriented organization to be determined. Here’s a video clip this summer in Hells Canyon with Kai (center), Ashley Campbell, and Nat Smith as the Hells Canyon Trio performing one of Kai’s original songs, Sweet Abandon:

Imagine a river trip accompanied by amazing music like this! Stay tuned for announcement of the 2014 band and registration information.


The second idea focuses on Bourbon. This trip concept traces back to Paul’s Kentucky heritage. This idea was born as we were making bourbon eggnog in our good friend Jason Brauner’s restaurant kitchen last Thanksgiving in Louisville. Jason is owner and founder of the first bourbon-centered restaurant in Louisville, called Bourbons Bistro. He will join this whitewater trip in 2014, bringing with him a variety of bourbons to taste and his wealth of knowledge of their origins. In addition, Jason will work with us to pair the menu to compliment the bourbons he brings for us to sample.

Four Roses Bourbon

We are so excited about each of these trips! More information coming soon on both. If you’re interested, drop us a line. We also have a variety of other Featured Trips scheduled for 2014.