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First River with timid wife?

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I got a 12 foot RMR a few months ago and have taken it to a local lake with my wife and two teenage sons just to try it out. Im looking for a super mellow river within about 8 hours of southern CA. Maybe central CA, AZ, Southern Utah or Nevada. Like a 1-4 hour trip, class 1-2 rapids. I want my wifes first river trip to be comfortable and just get the hang of working together, putting in/taking out and shuttling. Any advice or resource suggestions would be appreciated.
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I’d say maybe try the Lower American once the flows come down to below 5k, two rapids, easy enough put in & take out, (mostly a lazy float) try something like Sailor bar to gristmill/Harrington river access. If she’s keen on that, maybe jump up to Coloma to Greenwood on the SFA, or the Lower Middle Fork, all three are fairly scenic.
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