We have spent the last 5 days rafting the Rogue River in southern Oregon with 9 other folks. It's not the first time we've done the Rogue, but since it is a river that requires a permit, it's been a few years. It is a lottery permitting system, as the Rogue is a "Wild and Scenic River".
It was great weather and we made some new friends and spent time with long time friends. Last year on another river, we saw our first bears in the wild in Oregon ever. Again this year there were black bears everywhere. No concerns though, as they were pretty preoccupied with 'harvesting' the abundant Oregon blackberries. In most camp sites we also were able to place our food inside of bear proof electric fencing at night.
We also hiked an 8 mile section of the Rogue River Canyon Trail, which allowed a different perspective of the river from above.
We never underestimate the power of the water, always wear PFD and once again no mishaps on the river. A video and a slide show of the trip are here as well.