29985 Harbor Way – Gold Beach, OR
Sept. 30, 2005 – Jerry’s Rogue Jets is the first jet boat tour to begin operating in America. Their experience and the same-family operation since 1958 bodes well when choosing your tour of the glorious Rogue River. Captain Tim was both informative and amusing. We liked him right away for his easy manner and silly jokes.
When I first asked Mom if she wanted to go on a jetboat ride with me, she said “No way – you know I’m deathly afraid of water!” Later on, when she agreed to go, I said “Aren’t you still scared?” And she replied, “Yes, but sometimes you gotta do things that shake you up in life.” I thought that was pretty insightful and she laughed and said that maybe some of my adventuresome spirit had rubbed off on her!
But here at the beginning she still looks a little apprehensive going under the Patterson Bridge, still pretty foggy at 8:30 in the morning. Captain Tim said that one of the little known facts about the beautiful bridge was that it was built in 1932 and it is also 1,932 feet long. He quipped, “They wanted to build it in 1929, but it would have been 4 feet too short.” 🙂
Just a few miles up river, the clouds started parting and revealing streaks of blue sky which added to the beauty of the chilly morning.
Passing by Lobster Creek Bridge – a love of bridges is another thing I share with my mom.
Around every bend there were abundant photogenic opportunities. Even the big rocks on the shoreline were interesting!
She couldn’t get over the size of the mountains and the different moods of the Rogue River. Much different terrain than what us gals from the Louisiana bayou marshlands are used to, I gare-on-tee, as our Cajun cousins say!
There’s nothing like being on the water to whet your appetite. We had three choices for dining and we chose Singing Springs Resort so could enjoy eating outside on the riverfront deck. It’s located in Agness, whose town Welcome sign says “Population: small.”
Even though this picture of my mom didn’t turn out good, I used it because right after I took it, she looked over at me with a big smile and said, “Lunch was good and this is so much fun!” These kind of memories are priceless and clear no matter how blurry the pictures.
On the return trip, the sights, sounds and scents of the river became more and more enticing and she seemed to enjoy herself even more. Look at that little grin – I think she looks positively at peace and very content here, don’t you agree?
Even when Captain Tim asked if were ready for a spin and possibly getting a little wet, she was game. She said she absolutely had a blast and I was pretty proud of my mom that day for pushing past one of her major fears, especially at her “tender” age of 79. You rock, mama!
Malia’s 2 cents: Not only is this company concerned with you having a blast of a time, but they provide all the stuff you need to stay comfortable as well. Warm blankets and water resistant jackets are passed out for your use during the trip. I was impressed with the whole operation and recommend you make this a must-do excursion when you’re on the beautiful Oregon Coast. There’s plenty of parking available for RVs in their lot.