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Fireweed - Other Trail Journal - 2015

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 9, 2015
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 11th, 2015
Start: Marial Lodge
End: Paradise Lodge
Daily Distance: 4
Trip Distance: 28.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 205
Journal Visits: 2,528
Guestbook Views: 91
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Morning Relaxation at Marial Lodge

Ice Cold Swimming Hole

We had a short hiking day so we walked over to the historic Rogue River Ranch in the morning. The ranch is a very well preserved settlers house and outbuildings, maintained by volunteers. The neatly painted buildings look like a homestead from Pennsylvania. The power for the building comes from a combination of solar power and a pelton wheel on perennial Mule Creek, which runs through the property. The main house has been turned into a museum. I especially enjoyed the family tree, tracing the early inhabitants from their first settlement after the Rogue Indian Wars. Indian/European settler battles occurred, it seemed every few miles along the river corridor during the mid 1800's when the natives made their last stand to protect their freedom before being rounded up and sent to reservations. A sad legacy. We had lunch at Blossom Bar--a class 4 rapid--and watched a procession of river users negotiate the tricky rapid. Another hot day and we cooled off in a bone chilling pool in Paradise Creek. Paradise Lodge was right around the corner. We had an entire building to ourselves. The long lodge was right on the river and also had craft brews and wine for sale. We were joined by a group of hikers who were being supported by Rogue Wild rafts. Their guide brought out a guitar and sang songs--his voice was similar to Willie Nelson, I thought. Another fabulous meal. Although it seems I should not be hungry, I wolf down all the food. The lunches provided by the lodges also are ample enough to avoid having to carry extra snacks. The lodge is also surrounded by acres of green, mowed grass.

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Lower Rogue River Trail

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