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20 Best Outdoor Vacations for Firefighters

Tania Khadder

June 11, 2010

6. Kayaking the Russian River

Spend a full day cruising the Russian River, an 11-mile stretch around Northern California’s wine country. And you don’t have to be a skilled boatman to conquer it. The rapids are mild enough for your aunt, but the journey is anything but boring.

Pack a picnic and take a break at one of the beaches along the way. Pack a six-pack and throw back a few local beers while you paddle. And when you’re done, venture into downtown Healdsburg (where the ride ends) to enjoy some of the local cuisine and world-famous wine (if there’s any room after all that beer).

Tip: Don’t bring anything you don’t want to get wet –- the rapids, however mild, are enough to throw you and your belongings into the river. Carefully pack your stuff and strap it to the boat (or yourself), unless you want to watch all that unopened beer float away (and we’re pretty sure you don’t).