Monthly Archives: March 2015

Kayaking Flooded Bear Creek: Medford, Oregon

The Winter of 2014/15 has been a dismal one as far as snow-fall in the mountains. It’s been abysmal, even worse than last year in regards to snow pack. However, there has been plenty of rain here in the Rogue River Valley.

 

In mid February there was a significant rain event sending the local rivers up to and in some cases, over their flood lines. The Rogue river down near Agnes, Oregon got to 100,000 CFS. To put that in perspective, the Rogue usually flows at a sane level of around 2000 CFS. 100,000 CFS is a lot of water.

Bear creek, a normally tiny creek that I talked about in this post way back in 2010, got to the highest level I can ever remember seeing…6000 CFS.

This tiny creek running through the center of Medford, Oregon normally runs at around 120 CFS. It’s a small creek bed. With 6,000 CFS flowing through it, it was cranking. It came within a foot of overflowing it’s banks and flooding the mall. (oh man, I would’ve loved that)

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to get on it this time, a fact I sorely regret. But another local group of kayakers did. Of course, in this day and age no one seems to do anything without documenting it on a GoPro. Here’s the footage, enjoy!

Travel Hacks: For a River/Camp Trip

32 ounce Nalgene water bottle
32 ounce Nalgene water bottle

You’re tasked with cooking breakfast for the final morning of a 3 day raft trip. You decide on everyone’s favorite breakfast: eggs and bacon. But how do you transport eggs on a river trip without having them break all over your river cooler? There’s an easy hack and it doesn’t involve one of those  backpacking egg carriers…this hack is  easier, more effective and fool proof.

Most river people I know have a Nalgene water bottle somewhere in their gear. If you don’t, shame on you. Figure out what you do have and use it for the same purpose.

For this hack, I use a 32 ounce  Nalgene water bottle. It’s the correct size and it’s what we use every time.

Like most hacks this one’s easy:

  1. Be sure the Nalgene bottle is clean
  2. Crack a dozen eggs into the bottle (that’s all a 32 ounce water bottle will take)
  3. Screw the lid on…and you’re done!

The eggs are intact and unless you didn’t put the lid on correctly, aren’t in danger of spilling. A dozen eggs packaged neatly and securely in your cooler.

Now you don’t have to worry about breaking the damned things every-time you open the cooler. Since they’re safe in the bottle you don’t have to pack them on top either. Feel free to shove them all the way to the bottom of the cooler.

 

If you’re doing scrambled eggs, here’s a hack to the hack…shake the bottle of eggs vigorously until all the yolks are evenly distributed…wallah! the eggs are scrambled and ready to be poured into a hot pan for cooking.

If you’re doing fried eggs it’s trickier but possible. The eggs are in stasis in the bottle, the yolks intact. Carefully pour a few out, ready to break off when you see the whites have a separation. Have a knife ready to cut any hangers on, then carefully tip the bottle upright saving the rest for the next batch.

It can be tough separating them but I’ve found cooking the entire dozen as fried eggs gets the pan crowded fast. It’s tough to separate and flip the eggs if there are too many cooking at once.

There you go: a travel hack for  transporting eggs on a river/camping trip.

Remember: the river seasons almost upon us…stay hungry.