|LFK Friends Jerry and June carrying yummy food and other comforts in the raft. Photo by Cate Hawthorne|
|Sunny skies and a calm stretch on the river resulted in beautiful reflections. Photo by Cate Hawthorne|
|A pumpkin gourd marks the entrance to a small rapid on the Rogue. Photo by Jeff Laxier|
|Jeff running Blossom Bar on the Rogue River. Photo by June Ruckman-Albright|
The Rogue can be quite busy in the summer with hikers and river users (kayakers, rafters, drift boats). October is a quieter time on the river. Many of the commercial rafting companies wrap up their season in September so we were sharing the river primarily with drift boats with fishermen and a couple of gear rafts carrying equipment for hikers. Many of the fishermen, river users, and hikers were staying at the lodges along the river so most of the prime campsites were open. My favorite camp was at Clay Hill.
|Camping at Clay Hill. Photo by Cate Hawthorne|
|Mamma and Baby Bear checking us out from across the river. Photo by Cate Hawthorne|
I bet none of us slept much our last night on the river. We were a little concerned that mamma bear might come visit our camp. She did not but it started raining around midnight. It was a beautiful steady rain. Jeff and I both enjoyed listening to it while we were all snug and dry in our new tent. the next day we packed up and paddled in the rain to the take out.
|A warm rainy day finish to our Rogue trip. Photo by Cate Hawthorne|
|A great blue heron fishes on the edge of Blossom Bar Rapid on the Rogue River. Photo by Cate Hawthorne|