it's all good
As I already stated, having a solid crew is the best approach to boating.
That said, I (not everyone) am okay with me occassionally boating solo. When I endeavor to boat solo I treat it with even greater intent, respect and caution than I may normally do with a crew. To me it becomes an intimate experience. I scout everything. I can read the river well enough after a thorough inspection to know exactly what I need to accomplish (plan A) and have myself prepared for what would have to happen if I mess up (Plan B, and C). I really become one with the river, canyon, and spiritual beliefs. I listen and know if I should walk something. I also know if I can run it. That is where I have had the greatest rewards kayaking. Being by myself hiking in, boating no-portage, hiking out, riding the shuttle on my mtn bike, and camping in serinity. Life doesn't get any better than that.
I am certain there are few that can relate to this. Most people will never consider it. If anyone does, though, and cares for my opinion on their ability, judgement, or expectations, ... I will share my truthful wisdom with them. Last year I contemplated my many adventures in my life, of which boating is only one of my passions, and I think it occurred to me that I can safely say I have boated over 8,000 miles, possibly closer to 10,000 miles, of rivers in my life. I have had many awesome experiences of FDs and more. Boating is the life. And sometimes it is extra special doing it alone. Which is no different for me than skiing or dirt biking through the mountains alone. Someday it may be my doom. Who knows? I hope I don't die in a car or of illness. A heart-attack or a catastrophe would be better in my view. When I die, though, I will be able to say I lived life. I think this was Tod, Tom, and Paul's views as well. We saw places and did things that few else can imagine. Boating has been a thrill for me. Sometimes nearly too much, but I'm still here and feel fairly confident that I will be for a long time. But who knows? Why contemplate how long we're expected to live. All my life, people have dropped like flies young and old. We shouldn't think we can be in control of our life expectancy. I am for experiencing life. Living with respect. Living with Harmony. Living faithful to our creator.
Nuff said. Let's go boating!
No risk, no reward. It is not that we have to, it is that we get to. Preparation and education are essential to self-confidence and success. - KV
"If there is no risk there is no adventure."- Bill Briggs