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Old 06-19-2013   #61
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Originally Posted by FIBArk Tom View Post
some of these attacks are ridiculous

Oh! I don't take it lightly! I've always got to know
There's an old lion a roarin' n the river down below
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Old 06-19-2013   #62
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Interesting for me as an outsider to read some of these comments.

Bigfork (MT) Whitewater Fest was getting to be a pretty big party. The organizers took a step back and hit it really hard this year. Better family/festival atmosphere, and some purse money had people super serious about competing instead of just a party in town.

I hadn't been in a couple of years due to different family obligations, but I took my kids this year and had a blast. We'd have camped except for a rainy forecast (and I tend not to press my wife into adverse weather camping if I can help it!).

Maybe you can pitch your boaters campground as a family place. Boaters kids still get exposed to drunk people and rank sarcasm, but the crazy burning man type stuff tends to get toned down when the partiers know young kids are around---and even boaters are less tolerant of stupid antics in others when we've got our own kids there--making "boaters policing boaters" a bit more probable.

These things ebb and flow...keep on keepin' on!

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Old 06-19-2013   #63
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bag it. kayaking is on the decline; a natural cycle. Its actually nice that it is getting back to the point where a smaller % of kayakers are gapers with playboats on their cars. loops and shit in small holes are not easy, but lame nonetheless. just go boat w/ yr peeps and drink a few beers at camp and let go of the hype. leave the carnival to the salida townsfolk to celebrate their (important) river history, or to just have an excuse to party. These events never live up to a good day on the river and a good night at camp w/ some friends. let it go. If you want to party, by all means go have fun, but do not expect a magical kayak-themed gathering with the focus on actual boating. i do appreciate fibark keeping the slalom and downriver events going, and would love to see more of that in co.

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