Location: Ray's Food Place (in Merlin)- the field next door
Specialty teams will have displays set up for a "show and tell" for the public. There will also be a treasure hunt and question page for kids that will enable them to earn prizes by visiting all of the displays and learning about SAR.
If you are a specialty team member and can participate, please show up in SAR uniform. Ray's Food Place is a generous sponsor for our Summer Exercise. This is a way for us to attract some business for Ray's as a way of thanking them for their support of us.
We have a fabulous friend in Jana Jensen— SAR's most generous financial supporter. Jana learned about Josephine County SAR the hard way when her beloved son drowned in the Illinois River in 2000.
Heavy rains had changed the river's hydrodynamics which caused Nick Jensen, who knew and loved the river, to get trapped underwater where swift currents prevented him from being rescued. Compounding the tragedy was the difficulty SAR had trying to retrieve his body.
Witnessing firsthand how limited resources and equipment hampered the SAR divers' recovery work, Jana has dedicated herself to helping SAR get the equipment and training it uses to help save lives. Jana's generosity has made a critical difference for many people SAR has aided since Nick died.
Jana raises money for SAR by sponsoring a series of bike races each fall— the Southern Oregon Outlaw Cyclocross Races. These races are a "steeplechase" event for bikes usually run in wet and muddy conditions (that's why they have these events in fall and winter). We will give you more info on the events this fall, but plan on attending (no charge to spectators), participating, or helping Jana run the event (SAR members help out at the event).
Need a bike or does your bike need a little tweaking? Jana runs a great bike shop, Cycle Analysis, in jacksonville.
Hiker Hell "This blog is about learning from other people's mistakes, so you don't make the same ones."
Many stories of how people on hikes got into trouble- the kind of trouble that leads to searches or recoveries.