What a great slideshow. I can't claim to have known Eric very well either, but the fact that I still have a moderately amusing story speaks for itself as to how big and impressionable his personality was. I had gotten in touch with him on the buzz regarding a Grand trip...I believe it was in 2011 (?) and we had a lot of ridiculous banter about personalities on river trips and how he wasn't interested in anyone that was going to say they "couldn't eat this" and "would only eat that..." Idea being that he wasn't interested in river tripping with high maintenance folk.
Somehow we started talking about local products vs walmart products....believe it or not we had a conversation about a local skin care line called "MyChelle," that I brought up and he thought his wife, Candy, might like....He said he thought he might try to find it for her.
I didn't get to go on the Grand trip, but finally met him a bit later on the Poudre gnarrows. I'd never met him before and was meeting another paddler I had never met before (FLOWTORCH) at Teds...Eric and I had communicated about paddling and said for me to meet some guy at Teds that would be in a big truck with a boat on top....okay....sounded good enough.... We were going to meet him up at the PI/TO for the gnarrows. Whne we got up there, this monkey like man come bounding out from a tree across the road and as obnoxiously as possible says, "you guys going kayaking? I want to go kayaking. Think I could go kayaking?" (or somethingto that effect.....I wasn't too sure what to think...there was no other vehicle at the TO/PI so I wasn't sure who this dude was or why he came barreling out from behind a tree. FLOWTORCH held a straight face for about 5 seconds before they laughed.....then we all went boating.
Oh, and I heard one of those voice mail messages of him that said something to the effect of being a multi-millionaire....and to leave a message.......
What a character.
"You know that old trees just grow stronger and old rivers grow wilder, everyday..."