Originally Posted by wayniac
I had an ex navy seal on my boat on the Snake in Alpine canyon- great guy and super athlete/tri-athlete. He had done the bay to breakers race in San Francisco, the race in Hawaii- you get the idea. He wanted to try swimming without his vest- and maybe I should be horse whipped for allowing him to- but I figured he knew what he was doing. Nothing bad happened, but afterwards over beers, he said it was the dumbest thing he had ever tried and a few times, he really struggle to get to the surface.
When I guided the MF Salmon we had a guy who bought an entire trip (24 spaces x $1,600) and invited a bunch of very different folks along to have discussions about Native American rights, housing development options, traffic planners, poets and writers ..... just a huge mish mash of very different folks. They circled up after dinner and lunch and had loosely guided discussions and brain storming sessions.
Anyway not your normal trip in any sense. So this guy keeps ending up in my boat. After a couple days when the water gets a little more consistently deeper. He asks to swim alongside the boat. ????
Then without a life jacket???
Me=really not wanting to do this at all.
My boss was on the trip. We have a little confab at lunch. Turns out he is a surfer, done it before etc. And he just threw 40K down to have this trip.
So we let him do it in certain sections and when I told him rapids a coming he would jump back in. And he was the kind of guy who definitely didn't need help getting back in the boat.
Turns out the guy is a complete fish. Still made me really nervous, but he was really good. He swam a couple of small features and it seemed to really make his trip.
Don't have a real point with my blog other than I had forgotten about the trip until I read about the SEAL guy.
Oh yeah there was a crazy lady on the trip who took exception to something the lead guide said around the fire getting drunk one night and she threw her drink at him.