It’s been 12 years since I first came to Belushi’s Farm in the Rogue Valley. My dear friend John has a sprawling property one town over, in Shady Cove, that sits on the Rogue River. Our children were the same ages and in the same classes in Los Angeles and he invited us to join him for the weekend. We began to visit twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, as our families gathered around many activities.
I still recall that shocking and shivering moment as I first I took a deep dive into the waters of the Rogue River. When I emerged, I felt as though I had been baptized. I saw the light! The river spirits had cleansed me and I immediately began the journey to find what this magnificent river had to offer.
My friend’s caretaker, Dennis, showed me many properties along the banks of the river before he finally suggested, “There’s one other property you might either love or hate.” It was 13 acres on the Rogue River with 1,800 feet of riverfront. At one time it was an old, run-down Elks Lodge picnic grounds. There was a stage there, which really peaked my heart. There was also a huge outdoor barbecue pit with a kitchen, many little outbuildings, a 1950s porcelain trough urinal in the men’s room (reminded me of old Wrigley Field in Chicago, that was awesome), and 25 picnic tables constructed by Eagle Point High School in 1996, with small plaques nailed to each, commemorating the exchange between the Elks Lodge and the students. Read more here