The Obstinate J Rogue River Float 1962
February 1, 2014 2 Comments
We stayed at the Obstinate J Ranch from 1961-1979. Our cabin was called Steelhead Point, and abounded in mosquitoes, and yellow jackets, which entered whenever we opened our hinged door. Below us, the Rogue River flowed through a wonderful trout spot, and below that, formed an interesting rapid, which ended in a large hole and several steep waves. The rapid disappeared after the 1964 flood, and I remember Obstinate J co-owner, George Pearson, driving his tractor in the middle of the river in a vain effort to bring the rapid back. But the memories remain: cooking barbecues along the river, finding my first calcite crystals lodged in a basalt boulder, watching numerous eddies twirl struggling leaves, starry, clear nights, Saturn Rock, beyond which you dared not go, and the many floats down the lower rapid. In the video below, Dad rowed Grandpa Johnny, my sister Nancy and me through the rapid.