How about a lean, green rafting machine? In this case, Mother Lode River Center. About 50 miles from Sacramento via Hwy. 50 and incredible scenery along Lotus Valley Road to Hwy. 49. But wait! There’s the joy of rafting the south fork of the American River, and then relaxing along 12 acres stretching along a 1/3-mile of riverfront. Glorious! Plus the greenest raft company ever! How about a biodiesel-fueled EcoBus? Their river shuttle runs on local Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO). And check-out the new Solar Energy Exploratorium.
You can lodge in canvas cabin tents, dome tents, or bring your own. Great family fun and (don’t tell the kids) educational, too. Lovers, should ask about the “honeymoon” tent sites. Amenities include delicious home cooked meals from a large commercial kitchen, modern shower and bathroom facilities, riverside fire rings and river sauna. Points of interest on the camp include stone walking paths and self-guided plant tour detailing the Native American uses of indigenous plants. And Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is just three miles away.