Saturday, August 19, 2017

11/13 - Rogue River

The Rogue River near the natural bridge.

Last weekend our little family went camping at Union Creek, Oregon. The "community" of Union Creek is just a wide spot in the road with a restaurant, an ice cream shop, a little general store, a lodge, and a BBQ chuck wagon. Our friends' parents own a cabin in the Union Creek campground, so we made that our home base. We didn't sleep in the cabin, but it was wonderful to have a few extra amenities with the babies. Who can complain about a kitchen and a flush toilet?

The main attraction in the area is Crater Lake National Park, just 15 minutes away from the campground. Due to time, road closures, and wildfires we opted to stay closer to the cabin and just do a few mini-adventures.  We visited the natural bridge, a lava tube that channels the Rogue River underground before it gushes out of the tunnel a little way downstream. We also drove to the gorge viewpoint, which lets you peer over the edge into a pretty intense section of the Rogue River.

Picture by Steph
We didn't have to go very far to find nice walking trails: the cabin sits right on the Rogue River with footpaths that go along the banks. We took the little river trail to the place where Union Creek empties into the Rogue and along the way we stopped to let Samuel play on a blip of sandy beach. He loved every minute of it.

Brent and Lucy the lab brave the cold
Digging with Auntie Steph 
He could have spent hours splashing along the edge and digging in the sand. The rocks on the beach were pumice (from the explosion of Mount Mazama) and when Samuel would throw them into the water they would bob back up to the surface. He would throw a pumice stone into the water, Brent would fish it out and toss it onto the sand, Samuel would grab it and lob it back into the water, and then the game of "fetch" would repeat. It was a good gig.

Doug and Samuel finding rocks

Back at the cabin, Samuel's dreams came true when he was able to play monster trucks. "Wow!" was the only word out of his mouth for a bit. Life just kept getting better for our little guy when our hosts, Doug and Sandy, introduced Samuel to rides in a wheelbarrow. It became a fast favorite. When he saw a wheelbarrow at home this week he ran to it and knew just what he wanted.

wheelbarrow rides

A highlight for me was spending time with Mark, Steph, and Mark's parents. Their hospitality went above and beyond. They prepared meals for us, played tour guide, and brought heaps of toys and baby gear for our kids. Everyone was also a wonderful help with Samuel. You know it's a good trip when the mama is able to take a nap. ;-) Brent's highlight was watching Samuel play with the monster trucks and I think Elsie's favorite might have been snuggling in the wrap around the campfire. (Or maybe that's another one of my favorite memories.) I made a little video to recap the weekend and some of our trip "highlights" are easy to spot.

Camping on the Rogue River from Molly McGraw on Vimeo.

Picture by Steph
Thank you, Obad-Schmors! We love spending time with you and are looking forward to more camping trips in the future!
, Molly

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