Advice on place to live to develope rafting skills
Hello my wife and I are new members to Mnt. Buzz.
We are looking for some advice. Currently living in Whistler BC for the ski season and are looking at moving south for the spring/summer/fall. Growing up in Vt and NH I rafted and kayaked into my 30's. Now at 50+ looking to get back into the sport. As an airline pilot I need to be within 2 hr's of an airport with descent service as I am based in Anc Ak. Hood River for PDX,Coloma Ca 45 min of Sac. seem like good choices for commuting to work.
We want to start with some river courses to get our boat handling skills to a safe level including the swift river rescue course. Current boat of choice is the Aire Super Duper Puma with a fishing frame.Drifting the Kenai AK for salmon in the fall. The Amer. Fork seems like it might have more options then the area around Hood River, but this is where I need some advice also weight in on my boat of chioce. Two people and a dog, overnight trips on occasion, novice paddlers and fisherman.
Happy New Year
David and Trish Ferguson