Shape Magazine - September 2006


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NEW RULE:Spend Some Quality Time with Girlfriends

Between work, boyfriends andfamily your friendships may have gotten short shrift. These getawayswill help you chill out and catch up.

Outfitters are raising the stakes, and steaks, on raftingtrips by placing added emphasis on food preparation and cooking. Nowyou can hone your culinary skills while also sharpening yourbackcountry chops. New this year, professional chefs are joiningO.A.R.S. for foodie trips down Oregon’s Rogue RiverandIdaho’s MainSalmon, teaching rafters how to make dishes suchas pan-seared filet mignon with Jack Daniel’s reduction sauceand black pepper rosemary broiled prawns and porcini risotto. Afterspending your morning navigating rapids, you’ll set up campand work up an appetite with a hike or round of horseshoes. Guides willalso lead you on a full moon hike if you want. After dinner you andyour pals can count shooting stars.
Since gourmet meals are more enjoyable when matched with the rightgrape, you’ll get lessons on pairing food and wine. You canbring your own, but O.A.R.S. stocks one of the rafts with an impressivestash of reds and whites.

Prices range from $1,191—$2,995 per person for three tosix-night trips (all meals, instruction, an apron and gourmet cookbookincluded) from June through September; visit for moreinformation. These are popular itineraries; book at least six months inadvance for 2007.

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
O.A.R.S. Companies Inc.,
PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222