Rogue River Trip-First Days of Vacation!

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Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Rogue River Trip-First Days of Vacation!

My husband, two Golden Retrievers and I just got back from a week's worth of wonders in Oregon--from southern Oregon, Grants Pass area to central Oregon, then home to Fishhawk Lake

I took so many photos (no surprise!) that I'm going to have to break the trip up. This first stop was to stay at the Riverside Inn, a dog-friendly hotel for a couple of nights. Great staff! 

Riverside Inn Grants Pass Oregon

Our view was right on the Rogue River and we walked over a bridge to take our two dogs to a stunnning park across the River every morning, and evening. 

Rogue River Bridges-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Rogue River-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

(Our view standing on the bridge)

The next morning the two of us went with about 37 people on a "Hellgate" pontoon excursion that started at 9:30ish and included lunch. 

Everyone had told us to do this and we weren't disappointed! You see spectacular views from shallow calm to rushing waters,

Rogue River landscape-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

 

Rogue River-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Rogue River Rushing waters-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

wildlife galore and huge rock outcroppings that have been made famous in such movies as The River Wild, with Meryl Streep and even was spotlighted on Gunsmoke eons ago. 

Rogue River Cliffs-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

We saw only one raft, that was dwarfed by these rock beauties, giving you some idea of how very immense they are. 

Rogue River Bridges-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Fishing was a no-brainer and many boats had large catches that they showed off to us as we slowed down to create no wake (good boating ettiquette). 

Rogue River fishermen-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

The wildlife is what made me happiest. Blue Herons,

Rogue River Great Blue Herons-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

 

ospreyRogue River Osprey Nest with Osprey-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

 

and a bald eagle

 

Rogue River Bald Eagle-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

 

made appearances for all of us capture with our cameras!

 

Even "Moocher", a local Blue Heron who hangs out with any fisherman willing to share a scrap or two, stood around long enough for a couple of photos. (Note: he's hanging out behind the fisherman in the photo collage, top right).Rogue River Blue Heron-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We saw two different osprey nests, one "occupied" and one abandoned. The one with the osprey in it was hundreds of feet in the air and I didn't even know there was a bird in it til I got back and looked at my photos! 

 

 

Rogue River Osprey nest abandoned-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

 

 

Randy, our tourguide was full of useful and interesting information and threw in dashes of humor.

Rogue River Hellgate boatride tourguide-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

We ate a hearty lunch, got back in the boat and he took us on a much wilder ride on the way back--if you do this, prepare to hang on and get wet!! VERY EXHILARATING! 

Rogue River Hellgate Boat Trip-Grants Pass Oregon-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

I highly recommend signing up to do this and with it being after Labor Day, there aren't as many crowds. We'd definitely do this and the Riverside Inn (part of CountryHouse Inns) again!

Next installment: Prospect Oregon and Crater Lake--stay tuned!!

 

Comments (12)

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

What fun! I've been on the Rogue and it's beautiful! I love, love, love the bald eagle pictures. Very cool 

Sep 13, 2014 09:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wow, Gayle,

Just was thinking of you, and here you are back.  Love all the pictures of course, and looking forward to more.  A

Sep 13, 2014 10:05 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a fun and thrilling trip for you and hubby and the kids

Sep 13, 2014 11:29 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Gayle what fantastic photos. Thanks for sharing with us. You really did it up. Keep them coming.

Sep 13, 2014 11:46 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I really like that bridge. The photos are all excellent. How relaxing.

Sep 13, 2014 12:47 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gayle. Thank you for taking us along on your trip. The photos are amazing. We have been on many rafting excursions, never get tired of them.

Sep 13, 2014 08:02 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

All the wonderful sights I'm missing.  I have got to take some time off and get out there.

Sep 13, 2014 09:47 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Gayle, what a beautiful adventure and memories you made with your family. I'm sure your Golden Retrievers are glad to be home. Pictures are breath taking.

Sep 13, 2014 11:12 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It sounds as if your trip was wonderful. I love all of the photos, feel as if we were there with you for part of the action. I imagine it's good to be home too - it's always nice to settle back into your own lifestyle ( bed). :) 

Sep 14, 2014 12:17 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Gayle, Beautiful photos for sure and I especially like the 3rd image you captured that features the river.

Sep 14, 2014 12:59 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor I'm so glad you love the bald eagle photo--that one was tough! He just did a fly by and I had my head tilted straight up and trying to move with him. My husband looked at it and said, "he doesn't look real". 

R&A~I have many MANY more to follow.

Sharon, it was totally perfect. 

Noah, will do!

Gary Woltal are you a bridge guy??

Joe Petrowsky  I have been on a few exciting rafting trips...this was a huge pontoon, but the people in the raft did try to douse us with waterguns!

James, James, James, stop the madness!

Bob, they LOVED it. We hiked every day with them, played in the water--it was all dog-friendly STUFF!

Debb Janes I swear to you that I wrote my "small speech" Sunday post without seeing your comment--just shows you how linked we are!

Sam, thank you!!! I took that just before we left to go on the 2nd part of our trip!

 

 

Sep 14, 2014 01:48 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Good for you for taking a break and an actual vacation...super jealous!!

Sep 15, 2014 11:45 PM