Sunday, July 27, 2008

Semi-Serious Sunday - Back from the Rogue

Wow! Thanks everyone for the wedding and birthday wishes. Putting that post over 80 comments was a blog present for sure!

No pictures from the wedding; they're with the photographer and you know how camera shy I am! But here's some from the rafting.

We spent three days on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. This is one of the original waterways designated a scenic protected river back in 1968. It's just incredible. Here's the view you get along the way (click on the photos if you want a bigger view of it)...

Here's our raft. You can call it the big O! It's nearly that much fun!!

Some of the rapids aren't trivial but they are a lot of fun!

Ok, you nay-sayers. Here's a photo of the whole fam damily...

One section narrows into this rock canyon that is amazing. Some parts were rapids and some were calm. You could float down on the calm...and even through some rapids.

We also saw a few of the historic homesteads along the way. The area has a long history of gold mining, indian fights, and settlers. This particular home is now maintained as a museum during the summer.
Here's the stove we brought on the raft. Actually, this is some unknown stove found in the homestead house. I'm going to try and do some research on it for one of the guides.

We saw a lot of wildlife. While we were at one of the homesteads a family of deer came up to get some fruit from the trees. We sat with the deer awhile and discussed the political offerings, quantem mechanics and the pros/cons of fiber in your diet...

That black spot is actually a bear. I couldn't grab the camera and get a shot fast enough; he was almost gone by the time I did.

No, this isn't a fat horse. No, it's not a moose. It's a very large elk we saw right at the river's edge. We also saw mink, otters, eagles, and a variety of other birds.

There is a trail that you can hike along the river as well. It's usually about 40 feet above the water but it goes into a lot of side canyons and has these cool bridges to cross all of them.

Here you can get an idea that some of the trail is open and even has drop off exposure. Either way to see this canyon would be incredible. We did a number of small hikes along this trail though.
We stayed in lodges along the river each evening. Not exactly roughing it! They are very small lodges and some are only accessible by river.

Here's part of the inside. We'd get there, get our rooms, shower and get stuff put away, and then go have dinner and later just socialize or take a hike or read. Very relaxing.

Of course, this is the view directly out of the lodge. I found it tough to leave these places each morning.
Of course, there were also many beautiful little side trips we stopped and enjoyed such as this waterfall or a small pool of water you could jump into.

And finally, probably the rarest species of trees on the planet are these dinosaur trees...

Yes, it's irritating having a full grown tree prancing around like a puppy dog but you put up with it after awhile...
Back to the usual nonsense on Monday!

31 comments:

damon said...

Welcome Back!! The pictures are absolutely incredible. Glad to hear you and the family had a good time.
I'm surprised that there's not a pic of you riding that tree though!

Good to have you back.

Memarie Lane said...

Hiding the man boobs behind a puffy vest. Very clever. ;)

leelee said...

Wow VE...what great photos and what a handsome family! Looks like a gang who enjoys being together in the great outdoors.

Seeing your photos almost wants me to take up camping again...especaially with eht lodges along the way...what a fantastic trip.

That tree amazes me..

fun fun fun... welcome back!

HUGS!!

ps: love the redneck calamari...too funny!

Carla said...

Looks like a fabulous time!!! Good to see you back and congratulations once again.

Queen Goob said...

Looks like you guys had a fabulous time. I know, it kinda sucks to re-enter the world of the damned but WELCOME BACK none-the-less.

(memarie's comment made me giggle, sorry)

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Great photos! I'm glad you had such a great time. Welcome back...i'm looking forward to wedding photos. Did you do the chicken dance at the reception? hahaha....

sprinkle4 said...

Man I WANNA GO!! That looks like it was too much fun. Any idea where I can get one of them there dinosaur trees? I can use it instead of a guard dog:) And a beautiful family have you as well!

lime said...

wow, it looks like a beautiful place and a fun adventure. that dino tree is really a riot!

Bee said...

Awesome pictures! I'm so jealous since we are not going on vacation this year. Also, nice looking family! ;o)

Alice said...

Wonderful pics! I've never been to Oregon, but you've totally sold me.

Kurt said...

Great pics. Love the lodge.

Bonnie the Boss said...

Awesome family!!! Congrats again. Man you take amazing trips!! I need to do more of that with my kids.

VE said...

damon - Thanks. I wanted to ride the tree but they said it's a carnivore and bites...

marie - Life vests are in style for all man boob guys...

leelee - Lodges were a nice way to go. I'm fine with camping but this gave us more time with the guides to chat and do things; they're a wealth of stories and information and you don't get that with camping because they spend so much time packing and unpacking, etc.

carla - Thanks. It's always hard to come back to civilization after such good times away from it

queen goob - I know, Marie just likes to fantasize that I have man boobs...

arizona - No chicken dance; it was a very private and brief ceremony and then it was off to rafting

sprinkle4 - Those trees are quite rare I am afraid. They bark and bite too!

bee - No vacation???!!! I'd die...

alice - Most people think Oregon is just rain and trees but there's a lot more too it. Crater Lake gets more snow than anywhere else in the entire world. Mt. Hood has the only summer skiing in the lower 48, the Alvord desert in SE Oregon sees about as much rain as places in Arizona. Portland is liberal...we convert old schools into trendy brewpubs!

kurt - Thanks. Those lodges were perfect. Small and personable with great food and views.

bonnie - Thanks. It comes with a cost. I plan my finances to accomodate such trips but I know not everyone could do such things and I'm grateful that I can. Beats throwing it away on cars, toys, cigs, or drugs and booze!

Maureen said...

Wow! I would have a hard time leaving all that beauty as well... glad to hear you had a great time.

Beautiful photos.

And congrats again VE.

Alex L said...

Looks like a nice trip, why didnt you try and get closer to the bear... your not... scared, are you?

Kelley said...

Dude, nothing smartarse from me. Love the pics.

VE said...

maureen - I guess eventually you run out of river though.

alex - No...just comfortable. We were in the lodge on the other side of the river at the time.

kelley - Really? I cannot believe it. I need my abuse...

Mrs. R said...

We flew via Portland to Alaska, and I will never forget the sight of Mt. Rainier coming out of the clouds. We will definitely have to visit there someday; these pictures just made it final.

VE said...

mrs r - Between Seattle and Portland and the surrounding coast and mountains, I could point you to a full one to two weeks of activities here

angie said...

Looks absolutely amazing. But wait. Was that your honeymoon?

I can see that living in Oregon has effected your tan. Get it? That's meant as a joke about your profile picture by the way. It's supposed to be funny. But is sou

angie said...

Looks absolutely amazing. But wait. Was that your honeymoon?

I can see that living in Oregon has effected your tan. Get it? That's meant as a joke about your profile picture by the way. It's supposed to be funny. But is sounds sort of stupid. Sorry.

VE said...

angie - No, that wasn't the true honeymoon. That will be next spring in the South Pacific. Since we've already done the Belize/Guatemala trip this summer we thought this rafting trip would be about it because we are building a house and it closes at the end of Aug so not a good time to be away for awhile. Oh, and the tan...yeah, I'm not quite as dark as that beach photo in my profile but I'm actually darker than that family rafting picture alludes to because it's taken with too much exposure for the sun brightness. Don't worry, I'm not THAT pasty!

cathouse teri said...

What a fun fam damily!

Megan said...

The Rogue kicks The Kern's ASS.

VE said...

teri - Thanks. Not bad for a couple of old people ;)

megan - Here here. I'm always up for a good ass kicking!

Jeff said...

Bah! Nature smature... I prefer cement and traffic and lots of really loud screaming kids when I go on vacation! You've got a lot to learn about relaxing my friend.

Although if you have to pick someplace to waste some time, I suppose that isn't too terrible. ;-)

VE said...

jeff - Touche my friend. I'll send you a patch of cement...you'll breath much easier then!

Jacki said...

Welcome back! The trip looks awesome! I may not look like the usual outdoorsy type, but I LOOOOVE whitewater rafting. Been three times, the third time on Class 5 rapids. Fell out of the raft twice (one time got stuck under the raft and had to do that hand-walking thing to find the end of the raft) and would do it again.

Oh, and congrats on the wedding! You have a beautiful family.

VE said...

jacki - Yes, it sounds like you have done some rafting. I've done the under the raft thingy too. I try to go wherever they have rafting when I travel. And that beautiful family...the lease on them expires next month...darn! ;)

Dee said...

what a great "honey moon" vacation/birthday trip! Nice pictures!

VE said...

dee - Thanks. This river is beautiful but can be dangerous too. I guess the day after we got off the river a couple went down and she got thrown from the raft on a rapid and got pinned under a rock and died. So tragic...