Tubers & The City of Golden
This past 4th of July was really funny out at Clear Creek Whitewater Park in Golden. Took the kiddo back out so he could paddle a little more, we wrapped it up and were headed up to the bridge to crossover and chill out for the fireworks with some friends.
All of the sudden there was Police, Firemen, Ambulances, etc. It was two young teenaged girls sitting on a rock about 12 ft out in the river who lost their tubes. They were scared, cold, and had no PFDs or helmets. But in all fairness, the water from them to the shore was a max of 18 inches deep and not swift at all. There were two cops sitting there on their bicyles, both with throw bags. I asked the copper why had he not taken off his nice shoes and socks and waded out there to cuff and drag the miscreants back safely to shore? He looked at me like I was an alien (which I might be).
Had I not felt so dumbfounded by their utter waste of resources and personal initiative, I'd have waded out there in my Tevas and dragged their idiot asses back to shore. But I was feeling lazy too, so I laughed and walked off. EJ, Sam, Nick, and others went down to look at the mess in amusement. Are tubers really so stupid? And what's up with our emergency services? Does it really take a team of guys in wetsuits, helmets, PFDs, fins and riverboards to get people out of 18 inches of barely moveing water?
And the Lord said, let there be whitewater. So on Friday, the 13th day of the month....