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Rogue River (OR) - May 11-14, 2011 - 38 Miles

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Trip Itinerary:
Day 	Camp 			Bank 	Miles 
Put-in	Almeda Bar 		Left	0.0
1	Black Bar Lodge		Left	12.6
2,3	Paradise Lodge		Right	27.5
Takeout	Foster Bar		Right	38.0	

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Final rigging at Almeda Bar


The trip has already "gone to the dogs..."


First jet boat sighting


Joleen with Grace and Mary Lou. It's ML's first ride


Started out warm and sunny....


But was colder, cloudy, and very windy by the time we got to Grave Creek access. Joleen and the dogs take out here


A fully loaded one-boat float. At least they look equipped


Ray enters the Dory Chute above Rainie Falls


Jim at the bottom


Below Rainie Falls


Al and Linda at the bottom


First signs of wildlife


Closeup


Wasting more pixels


Overhead helicopter disturbs our peace


Dropping in bridge truss for trail repair. Your tax dollars at work


Still rowing into the headwinds


Outside Black Bar Lodge


We had the more distant Cabins 1 thru 3 this time


Looking back towards "lettered" cabins and lodge


Late evening birthday cake force-fed sugar high


5-8 uphill, 1-4 down


Wandering to the lodge for morning coffee


The hikers have a early 7:30 breakfast for a long hike to Marial Lodge


Some morning clearing


Resident Bambis


A lot of trees fell during the winter. Luckily, no major damage


Getting ready for Black Bar departure


Off and running


More wildlife closeups


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Thru Horseshoe Bend


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Tourist stop at Battle Bar


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Missouri Bar. Toilet is now permanently out


Outfitters setup for hiker's riverside lunch


China Bar Rapids


Lower Mule Creek Camp


Into Mule Creek Canyon


Mule Creek Canyon


Mule Creek Canyon


Mule Creek Canyon


Mule Creek Canyon


Mule Creek Canyon


End of Mule Creek Canyon


Blossom Bar scouting


Mulling over the right side, but stuck with the 'normal' left side run


Scalloped rock closeup


Below Blossom Bar


Paradise Bar docking


Starting the ride up, moments before I figured out my inclined lateral thrust exceeded the roll resistance of the cooler I was sitting on :)...


Linda claims to have photo evidence of my faux pas. Still TBD


The view from my supine position on dry bags and empty beer cans


View from the 2nd floor of the Garden House


Jim and I had Madrone again in the Garden House. Ray had Alder, and Al and Linda took Oak


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Cherry blossoms at lodge


Ground is covered with them


Paradise's new cooking setup


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The Garden House on the way to Deak's Peak


Level 1


Looking upsteam below Blossom


Panorama from Deak's Peak


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Still traces of snow in higher hills


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The "verification" photo. Taken with timer from chair arm. No one else in the group developed the ambition to do the 30 minute climb this year


Ray keeps telling me I need to check out the 'next' peak


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Looking up from my chair, before my short nap...


Madrone tree


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Paradise Creek


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Ray and I had our packed lunch at Paradise Creek


Paradise Creek lunch spot from trail after Ray abondoned me


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Rain showers started as I headed upstream, so I headed back to the lodge


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Morning looks cloudy


Saturday morning departure from Paradise. Cold and overcast, but not much wind


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Lower Paradise cabins


Upper Paradise Bar (normal Fall campsite) is underwater


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Clay Hill Lodge


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Emerging from the Clay Hill Still


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Lattice Rock is mostly underwater at this level


Now some rain gets added to dampen the mood


Foster Bar takeout. Although colder and windier than previous May lodge trips, still quite enjoyable


The Rogue annual fleece wear collection expands to 4 (2008-11). Made for us by WingedStitches.com. Thanks Al!
The 5th Annual designation for 2009 is "cumulative". We went in May 2001, 2006, and 2007


USGS Flow at Grants Pass 05/11/2011 12:00 PDT 3.95 5,220 CFS 11.1 DegC (52F)


USGS Flow at Agness 05/11/2011 12:00 PDT 5.66 7,330 CFS 12.9 DegC (55F)


In case you were wondering who did the vehicle shuttle for us:
The Galice Resort
11744 Galice Road
Merlin, OR 97532
541-476-3818 or fax: 541-471-0188
E-Mail:fun@galice.com


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)

Last Update 22-May-11