This will probably be the longest blog post of my life due to an insane amount of pictures. Next time I break down a 3-day trip into a few posts : )
Martha and Bill met us (Kyle, Dillon, Lucas and me) in southern Oregon at the Rogue River for a 3 day raft trip. The trip was amazing. I thought for sure I’d get hypothermia or something horrible because of the cold water but I survived and was warm almost the entire time! Right before we left we found a cheap women’s wetsuit on craigslist and it was my lifesaver. Other than sleeping, I wore it the all day every day. Thanks to a handy water-tight box that Martha brought on this trip I was able to keep my phone with me and take pictures the entire time! Sadly the box wasn’t big enough for my DSLR so iPhone photos is all I have. But I’m so happy I was able to take pictures at all! This was a great trip!
Below you’ll see a yurt. I didn’t know what one was until Martha said we would be staying in one the night before our trip so I googled it. We’re all fans. Yurt camping is the best camping : )
Matching rain jackets!
He’s so handsome.
The water is really clear but the massive walls of green trees reflected make the water look green. I wish I could capture this place as my eyes saw it. I guess we’ll just have to visit again!The first catch of the trip!
Poor Kyle had to hold the neck of his dry suit out to stretch it so it wouldn’t cut off his circulation.
The first day on the river we enjoyed light rain all afternoon. Late afternoon we started looking for a good place to set up camp and by the time we found one and were unloading boats/setting up camp it was raining hard. (And by we I mean I tried to be helpful but the Brook brothers did the majority of the work.) Once camp was nearly finished, Kyle found a freshly dead deer 10 feet away from our cooking area and tents. It was hidden by a large rock or we would have seen it sooner. In efforts to not be bear food, we quickly packed everything back onto the boat and found a new camp site on the other side of the river. Just after we finished setting up the second camp site the rain calmed down. The above photo is the drying rack Dillon and Lucas made that night.
Then we woke up to this :)
If you raft down the Rogue River I highly recommend you stop and check out this cabin. The wood colors are neat and you can peak through the windows and see old furniture/bed frame/etc! Look at the charming crooked door : )
This wetsuit we found on Craiglist the week before the trip saved my life. Other than while sleeping, I wore it for 3 whole days. The first day I just let my socks get wet and it wasn’t too bad… but the second day I tried putting freezer ziplock bags over my socks, tucked into my wetsuit and my feet stayed dry all day!
Do you see a tiny orange dot sitting on a rock to the right of the waterfall? It’s a mini pumpkin. Someone placed mini pumpkins and various tiny squashes on rocks all the way down the river. I counted 62 and then lost track. Some were in easy to reach places like this one and other were really high on rock cliffs that make you wonder how someone safely put it there!
See the blue boat on the left shore? It’s been there for months. Somebody got their boat stuck, swam down the rapid and was forced to leave the boat. This rapid is a class 5 because there is only one path you can go to get through successfully and if you miss it you loose your boat. We, like everyone else, got out of the boat to hike up the rock and analyze the rapid. Thankfully, Lucas had done this before so he knew how to do it and explained it to Kyle so both of our boats made it safely through! Also, there was a little pumpkin inside the mood shaped rock : )
We stopped at a lodge, hiked up to explore the “Rogue Museum” and eat ice cream.
I’m used to seeing deer in my yard but I’ve never had one grazing so close to me. It freaked me out a little. Only because of the small change he was a mean deer.
We took 13 pictures/selfies and the first one was the only one with everyone smiling and looking in the right direction : )
Thank you Brook family for such a great trip!!