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.
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.
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!
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!
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