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Old 04-24-2006   #21
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Dave, there are still boneheads like me out in front of him.

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Old 04-24-2006   #22
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Hmmm...tell me about your relationship with your mother.

I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy
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Old 04-24-2006   #23
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Hey Caspian, I burnt out a too before I left Colorado. Running the same old rivers, broken nose, way too many competitions, broken back, dating one too many kayakers, bumm shoulder, who knows why? But physically and mentally I needed a break. Since moving, the new rivers and laid back vibe have restored my interest and paddling is more fun again. Even though I've stepped it down. But now I often am reminded of my early days in a dancer with a bunch of old guys in big boats and ratty gear with nothing to prove.

Seems like for a lot of kayakers, kayaking is their whole identity. You hear it all the time- bitching about the non-boater girlfriend asking for some time, or that all the good times are over once kids come along. Pretty limited world view.

It was said well above - just go do other stuff, whatever strikes your fancy, without regret. Or pack up the hiking boots/climbing shoes, mtn bike, and boat and come visit your buds in Idaho to check out some new terrain. We'd love to have ya!
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Old 04-24-2006   #24
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Yes I have. 8 seasons 100 plus days each in my youth left me wondering whats next. I haven't moved forward in 10 years but new craft(wood dory) and old freinds have kept the flame burning . Try both would be my only advice Good luck. sj
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Old 04-26-2006   #25
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ok i just came up with a solution to the burn out ready for it........ here it is.... go to wal-mart or target or whatever store is closer and get an air matress for oooooohhhhhhh 20 bucks go to the nearest whitewater park.... bring some beer... and some buds and surf the waves/holes with the air matress im telling you its amazing hahaha so there you go thats a free one j/k hope you get it back!!!!!!!
you know sometimes i wish i would have chosen something like baseball but, i didn't and i'm a kayaker so this is what i do." -Nick Turner (Wehyakin)
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Old 04-26-2006   #26
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So this may actually contribute to the burnout or it may really help with it but....

I actually like teaching younger boaters. I kind of live vicariously through the people that I am teaching. I get fired up about the things that they get fired up. in some ways it is like starting all over.

its just a thought because on the other hand it is tough. You look over your shoulder all of the time. You spend more time in the eddy or fishing them out and soooo on.

maybe that will help.

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Old 04-26-2006   #27
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Totally Burnt. Any suggestions on converting a T-3 to C-1?
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Old 04-26-2006   #28
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Rush sits down when he pees

Rush is a total queer. I paddled the middle fork of the salmon with him years ago and he got black balled for any further trips. The guy peed in his dry suit one day to stay warm.
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Old 04-26-2006   #29
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man, i think u need to stop smokin ganja,
that will always unmotivate you and it makes the things u do seem lame and boring. Plus i can see how anything can get boring after doing it for 25 years

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