Originally Posted by sbratt
The only thing a raft is good for is hauling my beer.
And you can tell the kayaker in the group 'cuz he's the one at camp sitting in your chair, drinking your beer, and hitting on your girlfriend.
Mostly it is just teasing- I agree that having kayakers along on multi days not only helps with safety, but also changes and livens up the group dynamic.
Like anything, the animosity comes from the unfamiliar. I ran the Nolichucky yesterday with a couple of great kayakers and we had a blast because we were all together and working together.
Late in the trip, on the flat water, in a mile long, shallow shoal, another kayaker came paddling by me as I'm weaving between the rocks and as I said hi, he said hi and headed for the only spot wide enough for my raft to fit. I got stuck on a rock to avoid hitting him, muttered douchebag under my breath, and spun off.
In retrospect, it wasn't that big a deal, but I felt like he was discourteous. If I knew him, I'm sure he's a great guy. We are all judgmental in some ways with people we don't know. FWIW