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Off the beaten track and far away from civilization
Victoria Kong | July 26, 2018

Mindy helped us with our first rafting trip, which was called Wilderness Gourmet on the Salmon River in Idaho and it really hit all the high points. The location felt like it was off the beaten track and far away from civilization. The wilderness landscape and sandy beaches were beautiful and the river and rafting were fun and doable. The guides were fantastic (shout out to Emily, Bridie, Ryan, Andrew, and Ben) and the small group size felt very uncrowded. The food and wine were great. The weather during the first week of July was the perfect mix of air and water temperatures, beautiful skies and clear nights and no forest fires. I look forward to working with Mindy again to plan another rafting trip. Thanks!

We were enveloped in beauty and majesty.
Nancy Davis and Richard D. Ashmore | October 19, 2017

Recently we took a 15 day raft trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon arranged by Mindy. Being in the Grand Canyon day and night for two weeks was a magical experience. We were enveloped in beauty and majesty. The crew members, led by Billie Prosser, were all strong, competent, knowledgeable, and dedicated people, who were also extremely nice human beings. They took good care of us. And they take good care of the Grand Canyon. On the coffee cup that each passenger got at the start of the trip was inscribed “Leave no trace.” And our crew made sure that we did not leave a trace. Each night when we arrived to set up camp the site was in pristine condition, and it was just as pristine when we left the next morning. Thus, the crew gave us the gift of experiencing this great natural wonder, and they did everything they could to make sure that the Grand Canyon would remain beautiful, clean, and natural.

Grand Canyon Raft Trip, from Lees Ferry (Mile 0) to Diamond Creek (mile 225)
September 18 to October 2, 2017

We had a great trip.
Kevin Neilly | August 26, 2016

Very competent and organized, and provided all needed info when asked. we had a great trip.

She is incredibly knowledgeable
Clare Bradshaw | May 11, 2016

We’ve been on four OARS trips now, and Mindy Gleason has done an incredible job organizing all of them. When I book an OARS trip, I know that I don’t have to worry about a thing, and that my family (our two girls are now 11 and 13 , city slickers who can pitch tents and deal with groovers with the best of them) will have an amazing, best-in-a lifetime experience. Mindy answers questions about weather, insurance, flight info, hotel accommodation. She is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, never pushy, and always has time for us. We are trying to figure out a Galapagos trip now, and she is showing the patience of a saint. I’d never do a rafting trip with anyone else. She’s the best.

We had a great family adventure
Philip Chapman | July 25, 2015

Booked an adventure through the O.A.R.S. company. I have dealt with them before and had great results. This time worked with Mindy Gleason who spent a lot of time describing the trip and telling me the precise details necessary to arrange the trip successfully. She was patient even when I was indecisive. She did a great job and we had a great family adventure to Chilko Lake, British Columbia.

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