Ashland, Oregon is such a glorious place to be during the spring and summer months. The town is bustling with visitors from all over the world, flowers are in full bloom, and the soft breeze perfectly compliments the warmth of the beating sun. Bulky rain coats and boots are replaced with tank tops and flip-flops, and gone are the orders of hot coffee in the morning…iced coffee is much more enjoyable these days. Now that us locals are coming out of hibernation, our once sleepy town is abuzz with talks of camping trips, river adventures, and of how colorless our legs are. Southern Oregon has it all and it seems as if everyone has plans to take full advantage of it, including myself.
Personally, I’m really looking forward to spending as much time on (or around) a river as possible this summer. As a semi-neurotic person, I find that getting away from the hustle and bustle, and parking it next to a river is so therapeutic. When I step away from my everyday life to truly let the beauty of the outdoors take center stage, I always come back feeling so calm, strong, and of course, incredibly grateful for the experience I was able to have practically in my own backyard. Because of this, it’s so important for me to take advantage of all that southern Oregon has to offer during the spring and summer months, and it’s actually really easy to do.
First off, I booked a trip for June 13th with Indigo Creek Outfitters to spend a day white water rafting on the Upper Klamath. As a southern California transplant, I spent most of my childhood on a soccer field, so I didn’t have much exposure to the great outdoors until I moved to southern Oregon. I’ve gone on a handful of camping trips with friends, and have done a few floats down the Rogue River while my friends fly fished, but I knew I was on the verge of discovering a new favorite thrill when we found ourselves going through some whitewater on one particular float. Prior to my first experience, the thought of careening towards rocks in an oversized, flat balloon TERRIFIED me, however after…I was hooked. As an observer, it can look treacherous, but in reality, if done smartly and safely, it’s just a beautiful, occasionally bumpy ride…on water. After that, I wound up participating in a fundraiser for The Rogue Riverkeeper where we went on a guided float down the Rogue. This time, I was given a paddle to help navigate. Once again, I wanted more. After talking with Will from Indigo about booking a trip, we decided that the Upper Klamath will put on a good show for me, and that for someone with my lack of experience, yet unwavering desire to tackle more, it’s a good place to start. All I need to do is show up at the Indigo Creek Outfitters on the morning of, with a few essentials, and they handle the rest. Oh, and breakfast and lunch is included in the all-day package, so it has that going for it as well!
Only southern Oregon can turn an antsy, indoorsy southern Californian into a composed raging water fiend, and Ashland businesses like Indigo Creek Outfitters are more than happy facilitating it.
To learn more about my upcoming trip to the Upper Klamath (or to join me!), check out Indigo Creek’s Upper Klamath page (you can book online – I’m going June 13th).
[box]Meet the Author: Amanda Voltmer
Amanda grew up in Long Beach, CA and made her way to southern Oregon in late 2004. When she’s not eating and drinking her way around Ashland for VistingAshlandOregon.com, she’s eating and drinking her way around Ashland anyways, so it all works out very well for her.[/box]