WOOD IN SALIDA!
White Chocolate is not so bad. His gangster killer attitude is only a fašade, as we all assumed, he broke down in the car and read a poem about all the things he loved in his life. My favorite part was when he used a simile to express the relationship between his new found love for the water and the beautiful blue glow of my eyes.
In fact, the dude has some mad skills on and off the water; his sweet talking charisma and gentleman like characteristics make him one the best guys I have paddled with all season. He even carried both of our boats.
We started off the day floating the Milk Run in BV. (A personal first D for both of us).
I showed him how to hold the shaft of the paddle correctly and how to feather it to get the most impact, with the least effort. He was very easy to teach and I enjoyed showing him all that I have learned over the years.
Later that afternoon, he got up the guts to ask me if he was ready to get into the hole and try to play around. I was not sure we were ready for that commitment so early on, so we went and rented a little boogie board so he could get his face wet without wet exiting.
After I watched him play around, I showed him how it was really done. He took out his video camera as I demonstrated the McNasty left and right and his favorite, the air screw. We watched the video over and over again as I explained exactly how to perform these tricks safely.
We decided to camp in the back of his truck and listen to rain drops gently soak the landscape. W to the C is a man of many words and explodes with excitement very easily. Anyone that has the opportunity to paddle and chat with this man should take full advantage.