Rogue River- Make Me Stop.

Larry M. negotiates Tyee rapid at the end of our first day.

Larry M negotiates Tyee rapid at the end of our first day. Photo courtesy of RRJ

Everyone comes on a river trip for different reasons; work on skills, relax, have fun, be in a beautiful place, reconnect with friends and family.  And when the group is eager to learn, like this one was, we are on fire. The Rogue has many wonderful, user-friendly sites to work on skills, and the warm water (about 68° F) makes you want to be wet. As with anything you’re doing, if it’s really fun and interesting, you can lose track of time.

Phil and Ed discuss the ifner points of surfing at the perfect teaching spot.

Phil and Ed discuss the finer points of surfing at the perfect teaching spot. Photo courtesy of RRJ

I’ve often referred to Mary as the task master.  I mean it in a good way. She’s an amazing instructor that has boundless energy for her students. Because of that she and her group are usually the lasts one in at the end of the day. Well, on this trip I had her beat, hands down.

When you don't have chaulk use the beach. Mary covers some of the finer points of eddy maneuvers.

Mary draws on all her playground skills while giving a talk on eddy maneuvers before hitting the river.

My group and I might have been a bit a little late for lunch one day (an hour- don’t worry we had snacks) because we stopped to work a couple of killer eddies and run every “optional” line I knew, plus hone our jet ferries, surf waves and make attainments. It’s also possible we drifted into camp with just enough time to change and line up for dinner that evening, “But we had to play that cushion, you know, the one by Battle Bar.”  We all slept pretty well that night!

Ed R. at the crux of Upper Black Bar Falls.

Ed R at the crux of Upper Black Bar Falls. Photo courtesy of RRJ

Mary (R) spots Sam P. in the upper part of Blossom Bar.

Mary spots Sam P, making the move above the "picket fence" in upper Blossom Bar. Photo courtesy of Jon P.

Thanks go out to long time Rogue returning paddlers Jim and Ginny. Paul K was back for his second time and brought his friend Larry.  Alaskan Terry P was soaking up the sun and warm water.  First timers Isabella, Ed, Donna, Mike, Helen, Jon and Sam were talking about returning again next year. We hope we see you too!

Our group from August 19-22, 2009

Our group from August 19-22, 2009. Photo courtesy RRJ.

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