Back in the late 1980's we were sitting around camp one evening talking about how good food tasted in the outdoors. Some said it was the fresh air. Some said it was because of the physical work of being outside. And some said it was pure imagination.
So, we decided to test that theory. First, we found a crackerjack Chef by the name of Francois Maeder who owns Crumpet's Restaurant in San Antonio. Then, we persuaded Francois (we call him "Frankie") to help us settle this argument by preparing a fresh, "made in the outdoors gourmet meal" using our camp stoves, dutch ovens and other river utensils.
And you know what? Chef Maeder's food was the best chow we have ever eaten (indoors or out) this side of Mama. So good in fact, that we've been putting these gourmet river shows on now for over 30 years!
But don't take our word for it. Check out Southern Living's opinion on Francois' food - they like it so much they've been on about a zillion trips with us! Even better, come check it out for yourself. We've got a bunch of trips lined up for the fall. But be warned, you'll go home heavier than when you left!
Since river flows are largely regulated by seasonal rainfall and dam releases from Mexico, our ability to predict water levels too far in advance is limited. When planning your multi-day trip on the Rio Grande, please understand that the canyon we float through is subject to the vagaries of those river flows. This trip will be conducted in rafts.
Where to Meet: Far Flung Outdoor Center (get directions)
Departure: 8:30 a.m. on Day 1
2016 Trip Date: October 14-16
Return (to Far Flung Outdoor Center): Approximately 3-4 p.m. on Day 3
Method of Travel: Raft
Far Flung Provides: Guides, river equipment, all meals, waterproof bags, tents, park use fees and shuttle service to and from the river.
You Provide: Sleeping bag, pad and personal gear (see packing list).
Difficulty: Easy; this trip will travel through a primitive area with no formal restroom facilities or lodging.
Recommended Minimum Age: 12
Price: $899/person; Children 12 and under receive a $10/child/day discount.
(Trip price includes all park use fees, but does not include Texas Sales Tax at 7.75%, energy surcharge, entrance fees (if applicable) or gratuities)
Deposit and Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $100/person is required at the time of reservation with the balance due 14 days prior to the trip departure date.