Men's Journal - June/July 2010

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WISH YOU WERE HERE

By DACUS THOMPSON

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Rogue River, Oregon

It's odd that the most anticipated part of a four-day plunge down the Rogue could be dinnertime, but when dinner is filet mignon served riverside, it makes perfect sense. "It's still a rafting trip and you're camping," says Justin Bailie, who snapped this shot under a full moon after a day of running water that ranged from lazy to Class III-plus rapids. "It's a misconception, though, if you think you're roughing it." The Wilderness Gourmet Trip is a fully outfitted mix of hiking, swimming and rafting - but with special focus on the food. A chef and a wine expert are part of the crew, and each night they coordinate a meal more suited to an evening on the town thatn a campsite. There's also a built-in incentive to keep paddling and trekking: "The food gets better every night," says Bailie.