"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Heading up the Rogue River

heading up the Rogue River on a gorgeous day!

Dotti booked us on a jet boat ride, 52 miles up the Rogue River and back, for a total of 104 miles. Seven hours! We stopped twice in Agnes for a break.

At this point of the trip, we are in the port area.  It's about noon, and the wind crossing the ocean is cold.  They had blankets on board for us. I got one and laid it across my legs.

About the time we got going good, we passed a boat that had dogs on board.  Those dogs barked at the dog on our boat and into the water he went.  Our  "pilot" fished him out. While that was going on, I was looking around.  A seal popped his head up out of the water, then disappeared. First seal I'd ever seen in the wild.

Entering the river channel, the pilot pointed out two bald eagles and stopped the boat for several minutes so we could all find them in the trees.  I half expected them to be stuffed like the crap in the Spelunker's Cave at Six Flags, but they were real. We saw their nests high in the very tops of the trees.  We saw egrets and their nests, too. We saw a pair of minks playing along the water's edge and a whole family of otters. A doe and her spotted fawn peered at us from the water's edge further along on the river.

I don't know what the bottom of these boats are made of but it is some tuff stuff! When we encountered rapids, which are caused by water flowing swiftly over rocks, the driver sped up and straight through them we went. We could feel the boat bottoming out, then when we'd get through the rapids into deeper water, he'd cut way back on the throttle and spin the boat around.  We got soaked, but it felt good because upriver just a short distance, it was VERY WARM.

These pilots make this same trip every day and they are well acquainted with the wildlife that lives on the river.  Coming back in, we were going at a pretty fast clip. The pilot thrilled us with water maneuvers that didn't splash   By this time the sun was beginning to sink and the river was mostly in shade so it was getting pretty cool. All of a sudden he pulled back on the throttle and whirled the boat around.  "If you'll look right above that fallen log, you'll see a bear."

All I could sees was green and shadows, and I thought, "Yeah, right", but in a moment, the bear turned around and looked right at us."

"How did you see him?" someone asked.
"Well, we know they eat berries in this vicinity all the time."
So I saw my first bear in the wild.

This short video shows some of the rapids we went through.

The Rogue trip was fun and interesting.  Here are some more pictures from that part of our trip to Oregon.

I saw a book mark entitled "Advice from a River" by Ilan Shamir
"Go with the flow
Slow down and meander
Go around obstacles
Stay current
The beauty is the journey"

For me,  the best was still to come.