Rogue Wilderness: Small Business Proud

I AM SMALL BUSINESS PROUD – What is that? It sounds like a cheesy tag line developed for a credit card company or something. Well, you’re actually right. Two weeks ago I was approached by a marketing team out of New York to work on a project highlighting small businesses around the country.

The format is for two documentary filmmakers to do a road trip across the country and document the small business owners they meet in their travels. At first I was apprehensive when they approached me, but quickly through some phone calls and emails it seemed like a pretty legit project.

This year has been a real eye opening experience for me in regards to recognizing the importance of small businesses in our country and our daily lives. I really didn’t pay much attention to where I shop or who I gave my money to. When I think back I’ve always favored the smaller mom and pop establishments compared to the big box mentality. However, now that I am a small business owner I have a much deeper appreciation for where dollars go and how that keeps our local economy moving forward.

Back in January, I was accepted to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative program at Babson College in Boston, MA. How I was accepted I’ll never know, but I basically was given a scholarship to go back to school and figure out how to run a successful company. I came out of the program absolutely blown away by what I learned and the amazing other business owners I got to meet during this three month experience. If anything I’ve become an evangelist for small business.

So when Capital One Spark Card approached me a few weeks ago to work on the “I am small business proud” project, I was already drinking the Kool Aid and wanted to get involved. I had a great time working with the film makers and I think they captured my sentiment well. Of course when you watch yourself on film it’s always a little distracting by what I say, but overall I’m really happy with the outcome. I hope to work more with this group and some upcoming features focusing on small businesses in our country.

Please watch the video and let me know your thoughts on being small business proud.

All the best, Brad Niva- Contagious Entrepreneur

Best Time of Year for Rogue River Trips?

Great question! Rogue Wilderness Adventures (RWA) offers a large range of amazing Rogue River Trips and when you schedule your trip, it depends on what you’re thinking about doing. Rafting, hiking, and fishing all have different times of year that they shine, so we put together a list of considerations for each trip RWA offers.

Rafting Trips

RWA offers both full day, half day, and multi-day rafting trips from May 15 to October 15. We’re happy to schedule your trip anytime during the season, but if you have time to choose here are some factors to consider:

Average Temps During the Day
June – 82  |  July – 90  |  August – 88  |  September – 84

Average Temps During the Night
June – 42  |  July – 60  |  August – 65  |  September – 50

Rainfall
June – 0.5″  |  July – 0.3″  |  August – 0.5″ |  September – 0.9″

May and September tend to have a larger percentage of rainfall, and cooler temperatures. But with school in session, you are likely to get the river all to yourself.

June is the change in season to full time summer weather, and is usually your best bet if you’re looking for a sunny day that’s not too hot.

July and August tend to be drier and hotter with average daytime temperatures of 90 degrees. In those months, a sunny day and cool refreshing water temps combine to create perfect Rogue River trips. The nights on the river are always cool though, make sure you bring some warm clothes if you will be out overnight!

Rogue River TripsRogue River Water Flow and Temp
The level of the river tends to be higher in the spring (May/June) and fall (September). Higher water means bigger splashes and cooler water temps. So if you’re looking for a splashier, more thrilling ride, those months are for you. On the other hand, July and August have warmer water temps and slightly lower flows. Don’t worry though, the rapids on Rogue River trips are still a great time and the water temp is plenty cool and refreshing.

Crowds
During the summer season, our traffic tends to be busiest Saturday-Mondays. We have plenty of room, but if you are looking for a smaller trip, mid-week will be better for you. Also, holidays and three day weekends are some of the busiest times at the river. Fourth of July weekend is usually our busiest weekend of the summer. We recommend avoiding those busy weekends if you don’t like crowds.

Hiking Trips

Hiking the other hand, is a very different story. The river is not as much of a factor when considering your timing, but escaping the hot summer blaze absolutely is. We offer hiking trips starting in early May through mid-June, and again starting in September through mid-October. These are the months with great hiking weather. So the first question you need to ask yourself is….

Spring or Fall?
Both trips can be cool in May and June days can be around 55°-80° and nights 50°-60°. September trips generally have mild days (60°-80°) and cool nights (50°-60°). Both have the possibility of rain storms, but hiking on a cool rainy day in the spring and fall is fantastic. We have the luxury of heading to lodges while we hike, so drying out is not a problem.

Ends of the season: The weather tends to be colder and rainier closer to the ends of the season(early May and October), and hotter and drier closer to the middle of the summer(June-August). Note that the temps on the trail tend to be about 10 degrees hotter than below on the river. We recommend aiming for the cooler temperatures.

Fishing Trips

The fish run upstream when the water is cool and high. Here on the Rogue, we are lucky enough to have a reservoir upstream designated almost exclusively to facilitate the habitat of fish. Although fishing is available on the Rogue all year, the world famous Salmon and Steelhead Trout runs happen in the fall when water is released from the reservoir. The Salmon run can be as early as September 1, and goes well into October. Steelhead tend to start their run a little later, usually in October. There are variations from season to season, so check with our experts at RWA (1.800.366.1647) to ensure your best chances!

Wine on Rogue River Trips

Unique Rogue River Trips

While considering your options, don’t forget to check out our newly available ‘Wishing’ Trip where we bring our wine expert and our prized Southern Oregon wine.

So there you have it, a few great things to keep in mind while considering the timing of your Rogue River Trips. No matter what time of year you want to come, we have a trip available for you. If you have more questions regarding specific flows and weather patterns, feel free to give our friendly staff a call at 1.800.366.1647. We can’t wait to begin your next adventure with the RWA family!

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