Social but Distanced

Social but Distanced
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This past summer as COVID-19 travel restrictions began to ease up, we asked Portland-based writer Adam Edwards and photographer Kenny Hamlett to join us for a 4-day Rogue River rafting trip to explore why wilderness experiences like rafting trips are more important than ever. 

“PB&J, please!” the little one yells. Blackberry paste is smeared under his eyes and across his mouth, partially from foraging and partially from a wildling game the children have been playing.

“But where is your mask, my friend?” the OARS guide asks, the practiced drawl of a river guide softly challenging the childish enthusiasm accosting him.

It’s the end of July in Oregon’s Rogue River canyon. The sun beats down on us as the children run around searching for blackberries and small rocks to jump off of. Small groups of adults have found comfortable ledges above the river. In a shaded alcove near a small creek, the river guides have s.... Continue Reading at Oars

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