Wooo *ow* hooo!

Posted: August 23, 2004 in Uncategorized

Had a great time Saturday floating down the Sandy with Shel, , and . Given the number of instances of uncertainty at the beginning, I should have gathered it was going to be an interesting trip.


To get the thing off to a proper epic start, we learned two things on the way to the put-in:

1) Our trip would likely last til right about 8
2) The parks both closed just after 8

After pondering the possibilities of this unique combination, we decided that life just wouldn’t be as fun without uncertainty and set off. The weather was overcast, but still pretty warm. 2 hours later though, I was really wishing for some sunshine. Beer in hand, we floated down the occasional class 2 rapids and plenty of shallow boulder fields for the better part of 5 hours, chatting, laughing, and bruising our pelvises on rocks.

The finish was rather more complex. We did in fact arrive at the end at about 7:50, a mere 25 minutes before the park was supposed to close its gates, and we still had to go get our cars from the put-in, a good 15 minute drive away. Plus at this point the sun was going down and it had begun to rain. So, while Lauren stayed back with the equipment and her dog, the other three of us piled into the shuttle car, still soaked due to the fact that we hadn’t thought to leave our towels in it. As we drove, the light faded rapidly, and the rain became just torrential. Arriving at the put-in, we realized that I had left my key in my life vest. Which we’d left behind with Lauren. And the park with my car in it was due to close within minutes.

So, this time I drove one car back, begged my way through the locked gate, picked up Lauren and the gear under the watchful eye of the prick of a park ranger, and headed back to get my car. On arriving, we found the gate apparently locked, and no sign of George and Shelly, who’d stayed behind to try and persuade the ranger from locking the gate. But at least I had a ride.

But, George and Shelly promptly showed up, having passed us on the road, and informed us that the gate was not actually locked, just had the padlock on it. All cars and people fully accounted for, we traded gear, dried off and changed, and finished the night with massive country breakfasts at Sharri’s around 10.

Bed never felt so good as it did that night.

Things learned from the trip:
1) Start early. Flashlights and pissy park rangers are not a good way to finish up.
2) When floating in water for 5 hours, sunshine is your friend.
3) No need to look for submerged rocks when in an innertube. Your ass and knees will find every single one of them for you.
4) We really need to do this more often.

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Comments
  1. aardammit says:

    I am glad you all enjoyed it!
    Hell yes on doing it again!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am glad you all enjoyed it!

    Hell yes on doing it again!

  3. a_wags says:

    3) No need to look for submerged rocks when in an innertube. Your ass and knees will find every single one of them for you.
    lmao

  4. Anonymous says:

    3) No need to look for submerged rocks when in an innertube. Your ass and knees will find every single one of them for you.

    lmao

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