Local raft company lets customers choose their adventure
Adventure Cascades, a new rafting company based out of Bellingham, is offering outings on Northwest rivers that let customers choose their own adventure.
The company offers extended day trips, float trips on the lower Nooksack River, one- and two-day whitewater rafting on the Sauk and Suiattle River, and will feature eagle floats on the Nooksack and Skagit rivers this winter. They’ve recently partnered with Challenger Ridge Winery for trips on the Skagit River. Adventure Cascades tailors the adventure to the customer’s desires, whether it’s a raft trip with a side hike, an interpretive trip rich in history and geology, or a trip with a gourmet lunch catering to dietary preferences.
Owned by Luke Baugh, Brian Pernick and Sarah Pernick, Adventure Cascades is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Brian is an ACA-certified whitewater kayaking instructor and raft guide, while his sister Sarah is a guide and the brains behind the operation. Raised in the Detroit area, Brian and Sarah’s love for water adventure began when their parents put them on a raft at ages 5 and 7, and let them float solo down the river. Luke is a yoga instructor and has plans to combine yoga with rafting.
All their guides are passionate about the environment, passionate about sharing their love of the sport with others, and all have at least eight years of experience – Brian’s girlfriend, Katie Higgins, is an emergency room nurse who previously guided on the Gauley River in West Virginia and numerous rivers in California.
Adventure Cascades specializes in designing custom river adventures for small groups, but can work with groups of up to 30 people. For more information on a raft adventure or kayak instruction, visit adventurecascades.com or call 360/510-1243. X