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Old 04-19-2011   #11
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Great video. Nice pacing and the angle of that tripod is perfect. Looks like a great birthday trip.

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Old 04-19-2011   #12
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It does'nt get any better than that. Very nice.

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Old 04-19-2011   #13
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A real good son woulda put pops through the hole in skull
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Old 04-19-2011   #14
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Perfect! What else is there to say...
"If you boat with your mouth open in the wind and put your tongue against the roof of your mouth, its impossible to pronounce a word that begins with the letter 's'."
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Old 04-19-2011   #15
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Great video, and an awesome gift for your Dad.
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Old 04-19-2011   #16
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Excellent....most excellent. Skull looked almost tame at that level and even Surprise did too. I've kayaked it at much higher levels, and rafted at a max of 4000. I should rowing it at level you did. I would love to take my godmother and godfather down it, though. They will be tickled pink. Lasting memories are indeed precious. Glad you and your dad had a good bonding time. Kudo's to you!!
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Old 04-20-2011   #17
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Great Vid! I got the reverse kinda thing going on June11th on MFS. The son I never had started boating with me when he was 5, grew up to be the brother I never had. He's now 32, and I, being 62, will be showing him a "new" river. We will each be in our own cats, with me packing his ma. Can't wait!
"Each mile on a river will take you further from home than a hundred miles on a road"
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Old 04-20-2011   #18
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Excellent job on the vid! I've seen other vids you have done, always very nicely put together.

We ran it the Sunday before you did @ 6800. Definitely a fun level. Only one other group on the river that weekend with the almost government shut down and they only had 4 in their group show up. My daughter did a hand held video of the run but your tri-pod mount makes the water look a little larger than a front passenger point of view. Your camera lens also stays clear when mounted that high.

My wife thought Skull looked tame at that level also, not the big pour over into the hole that you get a 4500 or less. The left lateral was still easy to break at 6800 compared to when you get to the 9000-10,000 range. The large pillow on the Rock Of Shock still hadn't formed and Last Chance rock was gone so you could almost go right over the top of it.

Was the dead bloated calf still swirling in the Room of Doom?
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Old 04-20-2011   #19
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Great job Alex. What a special memory for you and your dad.
That Teal Maravia sure looks sweet..... but then I'm a bit biased.
KJ (driver of a Teal Maravia Cat)
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KJ, I think that was the reason I went with teal, I saw your cat. So thanks to you

To all, thanks for your stories. It's good to hear other stories of river bringing families together. I showed the video to my dad yesterday and sure enough he broke out and wept. The song I picked, I think summarizes a lot of dads out there. We are all too busy making money and providing for our families, until it's too late and our kids not wanting to spend time with us. I am glad my father took the time and was able to get away with me.

If you have more stories of family rafting vacations, would love to hear about them!


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