Cigar Aficionado - April 2001


Guides set ashore in the late afternoon to set up camp and prepare dinner while it's still daylight. As guests crack beers, light cigars and get comfortable, the guides assemble sophisticated kitchen equipment from the endless array of specialized gear tucked into the rafts. "At night, our guides turn into chefs," jokes George Wendt, owner of OARS, a leading international trip outfitter and specialist in Grand Canyon trips based in Angels Camp, California. While many guests are content to read or talk, rafts carry diversions ranging from horseshoes to boccie to volleyball.