Our first full day in Oregon (and our second official day of our family vacation) started with an amazing jet boat ride along the Rogue River.
As you leave Gold Beach, you head under this bridge along the Rogue River.
Where they snap this touristy photo we just had to purchase. I'm a sucker, I know.
The weather was funky. We started out the morning freezing, and wearing two jackets each.
But when the sun was out, and we weren't moving as fast, we were roasting. I'd brought changes of clothes for the kids, and those shirts and shorts came in handy.
I can't tell you how much we loved the jet boat. Maybe these happy faces convey our joy?
This was so much fun!
And amazingly beautiful.
(yes, you'll hear those words from me a lot during this trip)
We went on the six hour ride, after debating a lot between the four hours and the eight hours.
The ride starts off nice and gentle, and you see all sorts of amazing wildlife.
Like bald eagles!
And bald eagle nests!
And bald eagles in flight!
And more bald eagles!
And more bald eagles in flight!
And other really cool birds and fowl the guide was excited to point out to us, but which I can't recall.
I am not a birding person... sorry.
The views were amazing, and these pictures don't really do it justice.
The trees were humongous, and you can kind of get an idea of their vast size when you see this picture of another jet boat that was exactly our size in comparison.
We went through a few smaller rapids before we stopped for a snack and bathroom break, but for the most part, this was a slower, relaxing ride.
The animals are out more in the morning (our boat departed at 8:15am, and after I understood about the animals out mostly in the morning, I grasped why I had to be at the docks by 7:45am). See how slow moving it was? Ryan was even able to stand up at one point.
But after our snack break, we put on the lifejackets, and it was time for the rapids.
This was by FAR Team Danger's favorite part of the boat ride, and the driver does a great job of spinning you around in circles to make sure everyone gets wet, too.
The boys LOVED this.
Loved, loved, LOVED the rapids. My rapids photos don't really show the rapids, because I was worried about my camera or phone when we would approach them and put it away. But you can kind of tell how fast we are moving here based on Alex's hair.
We had about an hour lunch break which came at a good time - there is only so much spinning and rapids one can do. It was a long hike up to our buffet lunch, but the views were worth it.
And then it was time for more rapids.
And more spinning.
The jet boats along Rogue River were a highlight of our trip, and I'm so glad we did it.
Five stars from Team Danger!
(Bald eagle also gives it two talons up)
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