Pearsoney Falls Provides Peace And Solitude

Pearsoney Falls is located off of Mill Creek Drive in an unnamed state park just above the gorge of the North Fork of the Rogue River near Prospect.  The trail to the falls begins at the upper end of the parking lot.  It is about 1/2 mile to the falls.  Pearsoney Falls was named for the boys who discovered it in the late 1920s:  Paul and Stan Pearson, and Bill Mooney.  The Pearsons are one of the oldest families in Prospect, because the boys’ mother, Frances, was the daughter of Squire Aiken.  Mr. Aiken purchased the Deskins Mill, which was the first mill in Prospect. The falls tumbles over volcanic boulders and forms interesting patterns.  The adventurous can walk out to some rocks for a closer look at the falls.  The area is usually deserted and provides peace and solitude.  Last week I visited Pearsoney Falls  and took a lot of photos.  I include some of them below.

Introducing TouVelle State Park

TouVelle State Park on the upper Rogue River is one of the most scenic parks in Southern Oregon.  It presents a riparian environment rife with wildflowers, blackberry bushes, trees, and many kinds of birds.  As to the latter, the park is a favorite of birdwatchers, who are seen often wearing their binoculars.  Tou Velle Park has expanded to include a nature trail which hooks up with the Denman Wildlife Refuge.  Before the flood of 1955, a military bridge connected the two parts of the Tou Velle Road, which remain as isolated segments in different parts of the valley.  One of my photos shows what’s left of the bridge, a mere pylon.  At the lower end of the park,  Bybee Bridge, a double cantilever bridge, once ruled supreme, but was removed for a cement bridge that created numerous obstacles for boaters, and detracted greatly from the beauty along the shore.  The lowest ramp is recommended as easier and safer, and many boats take advantage of it.  Fishing is plentiful, but no famous holes for summer steelhead.  The park’s inhabitants also include frolicsome children, for whom a special rock dam was built so they could play in the river without danger, and dogs chasing sticks.  Below I have posted photos from Summers 2011-2012, which give a feel of the park’s activities and pleasures.

Inner Tubing Season 2012 Comes To A Close

Yes, the inner tubing season of 2012 is coming to a close.  The water level and temperature of the Rogue River have dropped and mornings are decidedly cooler. Leaves are falling and autumn is approaching.  It has been a splendid season with spectacular days.    The only drawbacks have been the smoke due to fires, and an abundance of trees, which the county has tried to remove.  But the steady warm weather has made for wonderful tubing, which is fast becoming a memory.  I hope all tubers on the river had as much fun as I did.  Here’s to another great season!