Saturday, September 16, 2017, will go down as one of our biggest and most successful days here at KRC. We hosted two major events on the Lower Kern River. Both events started at the same time, same section of the river with the same amount of participants with the same outcome. Success!
We hosted our third annual Great Kern River Cleanup at Upper Richbar and our epic whitewater rafting fundraiser on the Lower Kern River. Both events started at 10:00am with 50 people at each event. The clean up stretched over 25 miles targeting 8 different locations. Upper Richbar, Lower Richbar, Live Oak, Delonehga, Democrat, Remington and Miracle hot springs and Hobo Campground. Volunteers carried out over 500 pounds of trash ranging from plastic water bottles to car tires. Fire Engine 46 from Sequoia National Forest and Wild Places from the Tule River both attended lending a hand of support. Volunteers came from a various of areas, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Joaquin Valley and a few tourists from Germany who were visiting the area decided to join us by giving back to the mighty Kern. The cleanup was in coordination with Sierra Nevada Conservancy's Great Sierra River Cleanup and Ocean Conservancy's Coastal Cleanup. Both events were statewide coinciding with international cleanup day.
Our whitewater rafting event drew 50 people as well. Participants were guided down the Lower Kern River on a half day trip through class 3 whitewater. After the trip, they were all shuttled to Whitewater Voyages in Kernville, where they were treated to a feast of bbq catered by Mt Mesa Market. Kern River Brewing Company and Fireball Whiskey donated all the adult beverages to keep everyone hydrated. Just Outstanding and Isabella Blondes kept folks quenched after a day of adventure. The event was hosted by KRC board member Luther Stephens and Chris Brown of Whitewater Voyages. This was our first event with them and we are already planning next years rafting fundraiser for our 5 year anniversary. All in all, Super Saturday was a super success.
See you all next year!