2010 Presidents Day Rogue River Trip

February 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM

By Ernie Eichhorn

We did it again – another successful President’s Day float down the Rogue River. We had nine kayakers, 25 rafters and one brave soul in an inflatable kayak. The group consisted of members from OKCC and OWA plus a few folks wanting to join.

Most of us spent Friday night at Galice Lodge. We enjoyed great company and a warm fire. We awoke to Marylou’s coffee and hot breakfast. We launched Saturday morning with a flow of 8300 CFS. We had a dry day with temps in the mid 50s. Most of us ran the fish ladder, one brave soul in the middle chute (backwards) and with Mike Kirwan running the falls, uneventfully. Our first night was Horseshoe Bend with folks arriving midday. We all enjoyed a rain-free afternoon with some folks going for a hike.

A pasta dinner Saturday night was prepared by Dick Sisson and was served up by a bunch of kayakers. It was a great meal with all of the trimmings, including wine. Dessert was homemade cookies by Erik. Where he found the Costco boxes to put them in, I don’t know. We had a roaring fire with four fire pans going. The rain started around midnight and let up just in time for breakfast.

Breakfast Sunday morning was served up by Brenda Bunce and her meal team. Breakfast burritos were on the menu. And, yes, Brent Davis was up early to brew us all a great cup of Joe. A hot meal and coffee, it doesn’t get any better than that. Our destination on Sunday was Tacoma, and we arrived by 3:00 to a sunny afternoon after it rained on and off all day.

Several of us ran the left side of Blossom Bar. Yes, over the picket fence. One unnamed rafter lost his wife and broke an oar while running the center of Blossom Bar. The truth is that he gave a ride to an “unnamed” kayaker, and the “unnamed” kayaker pushed his poor, helpless, innocent wife overboard, so the story goes. She was back in the boat quick enough, though.

Sunday night, Scott Ogren once again impressed all of us with his famous and delicious chili and cornbread. Dinner was preceded by the Summers’ made-to-order homemade quesadillas. We again enjoyed a round of Fireball by a two fire-pan fire. Monday, we awoke to Brent’s fresh brewed cup of Joe, followed by French toast and sausages prepared by Tom Riggs and Meaghan. What a treat!

The float out was dry and fast. It was just a fabulous time on a fabulous river with a fabulous bunch of kayakers and rafters. If you weren’t there, you missed out!



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