Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Goin' Rogue!

The Corvallis Cliff Canoers (CCC) organized a float on the Rogue River from Almeda Campground to Foster Bar for parents, family and friends. It was a great three day trip for 25 people and two yellow labs. We had 4 oar rafts, 2 cats, 1 paddle raft, 3 kayaks, and two IKs.
First of all, the best part of the trip was the people and the organizational effort it took to keep everyone safe, well-fed, and having a good time. It was a delight to spend quality time with the entire four MELT family together and to get to know the boaters of the CCC that M spends so much time with. We had a great time making connections with all the family and friends, and look forward to more trips in the future.
The second best part of the trip was the Rogue itself; in my limited experience on rivers this is one of the more scenic, geologically interesting, and white-water fun rivers I've floated. There were few stretches without at least one upper class II to III rapid every mile or less. The flow was right around 3200 cfs and water temperatures were in the low 60s F. E rode out Rainie Falls in the raft captained by A while T had a perfect line in the IK with the inevitable endo and exit out the bottom of the hole.
We had two really nice camps, one at the Meadows just below Horseshoe Bend, and another at Camp Tacoma. Food,drink, and campfire merriment were fantastic. The sleeping to the sound of the river, crickets, and wild turkeys was delicious.See more photos here: Rogue photos

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Day!

Happy spring!? Snow yesterday (April 30) and on May Day. I love snow and skiing, but this is a little on the crazy side. E and I leave tonight to visit the Northwest to experience real spring. More later.