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.
With one smooth motion, our guide Kate navigated us into the calm of an eddy in the middle of the Wild Rogue’s iconic Blossom Bar. Under Kate’s careful eye, we gently bobbed up and down as three other rafts made their way through the famous rapid. With cascading green water above and below, it felt like forever and yet we never wanted to leave.