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Old 06-15-2004   #12
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Well, I think it's different when you either die of natural causes doing something you absolutely love, or from unforseeable events and dying from a careless and easily avoidable action. If you totally love kayaking, then I would think that that would be a good way to go (albeit morbid thinking about it).

I have two good friends of mine whose fathers both died rowing. They absolutely loved the sport, dedicated many hours/days/months/years of their life in the sport and (fortunately?) died of natural causes, literally keeling over in the boat. But if they died from forgetting to put on a PFD, I don't think that would be the ideal way to die.

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Old 06-16-2004   #13
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Wasn't really looking for the ideal way to die. Just looking at some of the buzzards that swoop down on anything like this. Who hasnt done something stupid in their life and were lucky enough to avoid serious consequences. I wouldnt go paddling without my pfd but this guy did, he paid a heavy price, let it be.
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Old 06-16-2004   #14
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It's so easy to slip...

Stopped to scout a rapid in the Grand in April. One of our kayakers
removed his jacket on the scout. Hopped in his boat and ran it.
Didn't realize he'd left his pfd till the flat water below...seriously
below! was lucky to be able to paddle eddy pools back to bottom of the rapid. Intelligent man just caught up in all the Grandeur.

No amount of money is worth your free time!
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