Nice pics Evan.
And, a nice write up on a tough subject. You hit the nail on the head though, and rationalized it very well. As boaters, we obviously have to make decisions based on a large number of factors. What I know as a boater is if I fuck up, it is probably my fault. Sometimes shit just happens--it's a river. As a guidebook author, there is no accounting for choices individuals make based on reading something, which is also why you have that nice disclaimer at the beginning of the book, so those guys can blow everyone anyway, especially for making the Narrows a total shit show now due to their own negligence and overreaction.
Boy, I must be ready for runoff too!