Sunday, May 31, 2009

Valley of the Rogue State Park – MOC Rally

After our week at Lake Siskiyou, not everyone could continue on, but 21 trailers from our Montana Rally (MOC) headed to the Valley of the Rogue State Park in Oregon. We picked up some additional people at Valley of the Rogue, because not everyone was able to get reservations for Lake Siskiyou.

We were only staying in the area for three nights, which was good thing as the temperatures were in the mid-90s. On a hot day what could be better than a jet boat trip on a river. Our MOC group got together and went down the Rogue River to Hellgate. Hellgate is where the Rogue begins to narrow into a canyon. The trip was 36 miles long and took a couple of hours. The driver of the boat would spin, turn or jump wakes of other boats periodically to get everyone in the boat wet. Being wet and going 60 MPH on the river can certainly cool you off. NO ONE COMPLAINED about being wet!

The above picture was taken by the Hellgate Jet Boat Excursion people. The large group in the back half of the boat is 27 of our 44 MOC people.

On the second day at Rogue River State Park, Kathy and 7 other people from the group went on a tour of Fire Mountain Gems. This is an internet company that is to beaders what is to readers. (Kathy shops here often!)

I spent most of the day installing a battery monitor with the help of John Shepphird from our MOC group. John had not only recently installed a battery monitor in his trailer, but is one of those people that can fix anything. A battery monitor allows you to know how much power each light bulb or appliance is using and how much power is left in your batteries. This isn’t very important when plugged into shore power as we are now, but is VERY important when boondocking or dry camping as in Quartzsite.

Valley of the Rogue State Park is bordered on the south by the Rogue River and on the north by I-5. It is has many grassy meadows and mature trees. Even though the temperature was in the mid-90s we did see several birds both in the state park and while on the river:

Bird list:

Osprey (several in many locations along the river)

Song Sparrow

American Raven

Common Crow

Western King Bird

Great Blue Heron

Belted Kingfisher

Bald Eagle

Common Merganser

Canada Geese

Cliff Swallow


Bullocks Oriole

The next stop on our MOC Progressive Rally is Coos Bay on the Oregon Coast where the daytime high is literally 32 degrees cooler than the daytime high at Rogue River.


Slideshow from our Jet Boat Trip


  1. You guys are having too much fun!!!
    I can't wait to get back on the road again!!!

  2. Great job! Seeing the pictures is reliving it!

  3. That is awesome! You guys are having so much fun. Thanks for sharing the pics with us and the wonderful experiences through your journal. I wonder: Did Kathy get some beads? Sounds intriguing. I'd like to do that, too!!


  4. What a life! You crazy kids......