Capricious April brought plenty of rain, hail and even snow to the Rogue Valley this year. With that kind of weather, itís hard to imagine summerís warmth. But hey ó no one is better at conjuring up a bright future than college students! So Have You Heard headed over to the Riverside campus of Rogue Community College and asked students: Whatís your favorite thing about living in the Rogue Valley in the summertime?
The ground is finally dry enough that I can ride my horse. My other favorite activity is rafting. We put in at Ennis Riffle and float to Graveís Creek. We always have a picnic lunch.
Rafting the Rogue and hiking to waterfalls are my favorite activities. My favorite waterfall hike is to Mill Creek Falls. The National Creek Falls hike is another good one. At the end of that hike you arrive at the base of the falls, so you look up into the falling water.
I like being able to go camping with my family. We like to go out past Prospect to Natural Bridge campground. Itís so peaceful by the Rogue River.
I love swimming, but not in the Rogue River because itís too cold. We have great local lakes, like the Applegate we can swim in. My absolute favorite place is the Illinois River. The water is so clear you can see to the bottom and itís warmer than the Rogue. I feed the fish; they eat right out of your hand.
I love the fact I can ride my bike everywhere. I like to spend time with my dogs on a beautiful day. They are getting older and with hip dysplasia, itís easier to walk them in the warm weather. We walk all around southwest Medford. I like the mountains, the trees, the rivers and lakes. They remind me of my childhood home in Mt. Shasta.
I enjoy hiking, camping and fishing. I love the outdoors. Weíre only a few miles away from nice forest walks and outdoor activities. I love fishing the upper Rogue. My favorite spot is River Bridge. My favorite trail is Takelma Gorge trail. Itís like a fairyland.
Iím looking forward to spending time in nature. I especially love water. Iím new here, so Iíll be doing a lot of sightseeing to find out whatís available: lakes, mountains, parks. Iíve learned that you can drive for an hour and see some beautiful sights.
I love that we have such great agriculture in the valley. Our weather permits us to have fresh vegetables all summer long. Weíre fortunate to have so many farms nearby and a local growersí market. I go weekly to Seven Oaks Farm to buy fresh produce. They offer different products each week. I especially love their corn and Vidalia onions.