SHADY COVE, Ore. — As we flirt with triple digit temperatures, Southern Oregonians are looking for an escape. For many people, that means heading to the river.
Rapid Pleasure Rafting says it was mostly booked on Friday and is completely booked for the weekend. The company says the hot summer weekend’s account for the majority of its business. It says rafters coming in typically fill up the weekends during the summer months. The owners say the temperatures on the water are about 10-degrees cooler and that’s exactly what rafters are looking for.
Natalie Schroeder and her sister are following the ‘call of the cool Rogue River’ for the tenth year in a row, boarding a bus water bound for those cool temperatures. Schroeder is just one of the dozens seeking the hot weather escape. Arizona tourists may be used to the triple digits, but for a big group from Massachusetts, it’s just a different kind of heat. Whether it’s your first time on the rogue, or you’ve been doing it for years, a cool down is just a jump away.
Rapid Pleasure Rafting says people usually make their reservations about a week and a half in advance. There are only four spots available for next weekend. Emergency crews want to remind rafters and river users that even though the temperatures fell very hot, the water is still very cold and there is still a risk of hypothermia if you’re in the water too long.