Wow, just got back from a week down in SW Colo and Utah - great water and had a fantastic time with my brother and nephews - the 12-year rowed a 14 ft raft through everything but Smelter the other day on the Animas and my 16-yr old nephew was getting great surfs for so long I thought he'd get a parking ticket.
What a way to come back to the Buzz! Here this thread is still going or revived from some dark orifice. Hasn't this whole bucket of crap been beaten to death? Yada yada Front Rangers Suck, yada yada folks who live in the mountains all think they're hot shit... blah blah blah....
Jeeze... start planning your next trip, call up some buds from one side of the Divide or the other and start figuring out where the water's going to be next weekend. Go reread that AW journal or Paddler, Whatever you do, remember that the whole idea is to have fun... Isn't it?