Day 2 – October 20
Yay! At mid-morning, the sun came out to play for awhile and a few of the daredevils decided that a jump into the chilly waters was the order of the day.
Just meandering along for a good stretch. We’d occasionally hit such low waters (aka “riffles”) that the bottoms of the rafts dragged along the sand and stones just under the water, but nothing serious. Had some time to capture some more scenery along the way.
Getting ready to head into a narrow stretch of the river known as Hellgate Canyon. We got squeezed so tightly several times that the oarsmen had to get the oars up and in the rafts while the rest of us made sure we didn’t bang our heads on the giant rock walls.
After doing some post-trip research, it appears these Rogue River pumpkins are a classic legend; they were everywhere, and I mean everywhere! At first, we couldn’t imagine what was going on other than some Halloween jokester kayaker was strategically placing them in impossible locations and heights.
It was a somewhat longer but extremely rewarding ride this day. A full day’s mix of warm, sunny, chilly, cloudy weather – add to that all types of water levels and flow!! So, after a few more twists and turns, we geared up for another night with another fat dinner of pasta and goodies, libations, and yes, even s’mores!!