Guest Comments about the Rogue
Now that the Rogue River rafting season is behind us, we're taking time to reflect on this past season. We've been particularly touched by one of our customers who sent us a friendly email and enthusiastically answered our evaluation questions. This is from an experienced rafting family that did their first commercial trip (on the Rogue) this past summer.
His response to "What is the one thing you liked most about this rafting trip?" was:
"Everything about this trip rates a "10" -- the guides, the scenery, the food, the wildlife. But the sheer luxury of our first guided trip was the creme de la creme."
And his response to: "Why did you like that aspect of the Rogue River rafting trip the most?" was:
"After 8-10 private trips each exceeding a week (the Salmon, the Middle Fork, Grand Canyon), we are familiar with the amount of effort that goes into planning & preparation, daily setup & take down, & post-trip cleanup -- we didn't miss it..."
After the trip, he sent us the following email:
"For our first commercial trip, ECHO on the Rogue is going to be hard to top! (Maybe ECHO on the Middle Fork...?) It's hard to rank what was best: the wildlife, the guides, the scenery, the food, or the camaraderie. But my wife knows -- the ease of the trip ranks No. 1 with her! No pre-trip cooking & freezing, no packing & unpacking the boats, no on-the-beach setup, cooking & cleanup; she's definitely among your No. 1 fans.
I don't know whether we just lucked out with our guides or if they're typical of ECHO's employees, although I suspect the latter is the case. Chip, Amber & Jessie were everything I'd look for in river guides -- skilled & knowledgeable, good cooks, good company, & good medics. (They had a chance to show their first-aid skills when one of our group avulsed a fingertip.) And given the somewhat random collection of people on the trip, the amity that developed among the entire group was the frosting on the cake, epitomized by the shared e-mail addresses & hugs all around at Foster Bar."