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Monday, March 22, 2010

Wild and Scenic Rogue

We met up friday morning at the graves creek put-in, It was a nice sunny warm day to start our 3 day trip down the river. Ron , Russell and Eddie the dog carried our gear in the support rafts. Steve, Kipper, Jason, Scott and I would be in our kayaks. We ended up paddling 19 miles on the first day down to

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mule creek below the rogue river ranch for our first nights camp. We walked up to check out the ranch, unfortunately the museum isn't open yet, the history behind it very interesting. The second day we paddled down the Brushy bar and set camp up, there's nothing like a nice cold Ashland brewed beer after a hard day's paddle. We hiked up the trail to brushy bar cabin a couple hundred yards from camp to take a look, It's a neat little cabin. The paddle out is what I would call alot of exercise I was looking forward to getting to the takeout after awhile. It's a beautiful place if you ever have the chance to take the journey, take it. Pictures in wild and scenic rogue 2 provided by Stephen McCleary

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South fork of the coquille river

On the way to drop of shuttle vehicles a few days before we stopped and looked at the 35, 45 and 80 foot waterfalls on the river. We had discussed running the 35 footer after the our trip down the wild and scenic rogue. That time came sunday and the only one that felt like doing it was jason aka "rootbeer". Russell and I set up saftey below the falls, we got the signal that he was coming, he dropped over the falls and his skirt blew on impact. His boat ended up about 75 yards downstream pinned on a rock, Steve and Jason were able to get it and hook it to our lines and we pulled it to the road. Jason was disappointed and wanted to run it again but we were short on time. Video shot by Stephen McCleary. Some of us decided to call it Rootbeer falls

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Blue Ledge Mines

About 6 months ago my Friend steve called and said come over were going to hike up to the blue ledge mines. We had tried and failed once before we didn't have a gate key so we drove to the ridge above and decided to try to hike down and back up. It was windy and raining and steep, at a point we knew we weren't going to make it to the mine and back to the car before night fall so we hiked back up and drove down the back side of applegate into seid valley california and back home. Well I got another call my brother had secured a gate key and we were off again, we had to hike up in the snow, some places were a little slippery but the hike in wasn't to bad. We were like kids in a toy store when we finally made it to the mine and explored inside, here are some pictures of our little trip.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Gary Smith cabin bloopers

During the winter we like to attempt to drive into the Gary Smith cabin, sometimes we make it and sometimes we don't. I have a friend named Steve,who some of you have met, he likes to push the limit in his toy's and sometimes it don't go so well. The picture of me with my head out the window happened a couple years ago, The second picture happened friday night as we were trying to get to the cabin, needless to say we didn't make it. My brother and I watched as Steve and Joni went over a burm and ended up on there side.