A few weeks ago, I had the honor of introducing ten locals to the Wild & Scenic section of the lower Rogue River. I’ve been guiding on the Rogue and other western rivers for over 20 years but there’s something about introducing my home river to folks for the first time. The connection is immediate, intense, and a gift to witness.
As a mom to young kids, we go to parks a lot! And as Medford residents, we often strap kids to our bikes and travel the Bear Creek Greenway along the stretch between Hawthorne Park, Bear Creek Park, and U.S. Cellular Park. We pass many trail users on our outings including runners, bikers, families with strollers and wobbling toddlers, dog-walkers, and young people on skateboards. We ring our bike bells, flash the peace sign, and carry on.
We test for pollution weekly at popular swimming, boating and fishing spots.