last response pretty well wraps it up
I also knew Laurie as a very careful boater that really just wanted to have a realy fun time on some interesting and enjoyable water with very low risk for dire consequences. That is doing something with probably less risk than the drivefrom Boulder to our office in Lakewood or up to the Poudre or wherever for fun. Still, I know that she always took to the water very seriously, had great safety knowledge and awareness, and wanted to paddle the stuff that had minmal minimal built-in risk.
Laurie was a treasure to be around. She was a great friend and comfort to many, a great geologist/hydrologist, and I can't even begin to fathom what her family and boating friends that day are experiencing. As Bridges is the upper end of a run that I consider as an open boater, the possibility of what can happen on this and a run like lower Mish is really on my mind as well. I keep thinking about the recirc hole and what her friends went thru in trying to manage this afterwards. The lessons will come, as surmised by the previous post; it may take a little bit of time.
I think this post keeps coming up, because it so emhasizes how vulnerable any of us can be as boaters, even in the percieved low consequence type runs. I've have yet to be spun around in a hole, but sure want to have a better idea of how to maximize my chances of getting out of this type of a situation.
I think the posts on this matter have been incredibly sensitive and thoughtful. Here's to Laurie, one of the very brightest stars out there.