General boating discussion
Glen wasn’t only a good boatman, he knew how to cook up a tastymess of vittles for his crew! Who wouldn’tlove a river boat trip by day, stakes by the fire by night! That’s real liven for sure! This photo looks to be taken in the summer of 69.
Glen Sr. was always working on something! This picture is a perfect illustration of that. He developed a stick steering mechanism (pictured in the two boats in the background) that enabled the user to turn lock to lock with only a half turn of the helm! A great advantage on a rapid river! Along with light weight aluminum oars also pictured. Neat stuff!
Left to right: Fred Hale, Glen Sr. and Reuben Garcia. Garcia Bagged this Black bear and Hale flew in to haul Garcia and his bear back to Grants Pass. It’s in the book THE ROGUE, A RIVER TO RUN, another great story is recounted of Hale (Owner Operator of Grants Pass Air Service) and Glen Wooldridge Sr. (Local Guide and Boat Builder) about the Christmas Eve storm and record breaking flood of the Rogue River. Hale’s plane crash landed into a tree covered hillside in bad weather. Glen ran his boat down the Rogue on Christmas day at flood stage to perform a daring rescue of his stranded friend. Sound like a Fiction thriller? Nope, just a chapter out of THE ROGUE, A RIVER TO RUN, Where this and many adventures like this are there for the reading.
In 1948 a year after doing the unthinkable and taming the mighty Rogue, Glen and his friend Ruell Hawkins turned their sights to another unthinkable the Salmon River of Idaho. Once again he was successful!