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Old 05-23-2006   #11
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Before I get to sunshine I point out a rock formation on the right wall that kind of looks like a mans face. I tell my crew that it is ernie the river god and instruct my crew to say "hi ernie" hopefully granting a clean run (doesnt always work).


I too ask for Ernie's protection, however I usually just look him in his big rock face, wink, smile, blow a quick breath of nervous air out of my lungs and tighten my helmet

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Old 05-23-2006   #12
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whenever i arrive in a new drainage as a pedestrian i always pause at the first availiable stream and throw water on my neck, face and temples, sometimes dunking my head. it has nothing to do with kayaking except that if i didnt paddle i probably would have never come up with something like this.

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Old 05-23-2006   #13
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Aimee, I think Cutch is right. You might want to wait until the commercial season starts and then spend some time cruising warehouses and take-outs looking for stories. Any boatman's bash would be good fodder, usually there's more hot air than at a balloon festival.

One river-specific tradition that I adhere to is to kiss Tiger Wall on the Yampa for good luck before Warm Springs. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2006   #14
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.. .. .. The really beautiful and juicy rituals will undoudably remain secret until the cosmos finds itself in the proper alignment.. .. To become a true initiate you may have to undergo dramatic changes in you're lifestyle and perspective.
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You guys rock!

Thanks! I can't believe I got a recipe, too! (... Swirl, swirl, swirl...)
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Old 05-25-2006   #16
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On annual trips to the Mopan,I pull over at the ancient Mayan city of Xunantunich,climb El Castillo{ second tallest pyramaid in Belize} and burn one for Tlaloc ,Aztec god of rain{Chac Mool to the Mayans],for good Mundo Maya river karma.

Lest you doubt the powers of mighty Tlaloc,when Mexican officials moved his statue from it's original location to in front of the National Anthropology Museum torrential downpours caused some the worst flooding in Mexican history,la verdad.


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