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The Travel Program Afloat

The spectacular Gateway to the Black Sea trip will be en route as we go to press, but don’t forget about two upcoming opportunities, both of which, again, will take place on the water.

Dechutes River Rafting

Dechutes River Rafting | July 5—7

After two successful years of San Juan Island kayaking, we’ve arranged a new, even more affordable excursion along Central Oregon’s stunning Deschutes River. This family-friendly guided rafting trip will cover about 50 river miles during three days, and travelers will experience exciting rapids, well-appointed camping, beautiful scenery and great company — all while being cared for by seasoned guides.

Aside from plenty of on-water time, you’ll also have chances to relax, go on a hike, try your luck at fishing, read a book by the river, or catch up with old friends. Our guides will take care of all the cooking, too, which means that you’ll wake up to the smell of coffee in the morning and be treated to high-caliber meals throughout each day.

The group will meet at 9 a.m. the first morning in Maupin, Ore., which is just two hours from Portland — so no flights or hotel nights required if you live in the Salem/Portland area.


River Drifters will be leading this trip, and bookings can be made online at tinyurl.com/wuraft. We’ve negotiated a special price of $310 per person, and children 12 and older are welcome.

About the River

The Deschutes River originates high in the Cascade Mountains from Little Lava Lake, stretching 250 miles through Central/Eastern Oregon before flowing into the Columbia River. The “Lower Deschutes” refers to the 100-mile section from the mouth of the Deschutes to Pelton Dam (no relation to M. Lee). This will be our territory, and it boasts plenty of rapids fit for beginners and experienced river rafters alike.


Reminder: French Waterways | Oct. 8—20

Last issue we introduced this fabulous trip through the Burgundy and Provence areas of France. This one — which is quickly filling up, we should add — features hotel stays in Monaco and Paris, as well as nine nights aboard the brand new River Discovery II. You’ll also have options for pre- and post-trips to Barcelona and Paris. Jim Booth ’64 will be the trip host.

Doesn’t sound bad, right? A few spots are still available.

For information, pricing and logistics on all trips, visit willamette.edu/alumni/travel.