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Old 10-03-2016   #101
 
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This is a pretty epic tale, and I can't wait to read more. If y'all want a story to hold you over check out this one that my buddy wrote up about a trip last year. I posted it to a new thread and thought y'all would enjoy it since its a similar story and it has a real ending.
My story "Escaping Desolation"

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Old 10-03-2016   #102
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Great Story

Where's the popcorn?
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Old 10-03-2016   #103
 
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The missing oar rig was spotted this morning from the air.

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Where's the popcorn?
Better go long on the popcorn.

After the initial series of Lost & Found posts by the OP in the first two weeks we then see the more complete installments.

Part 1 was two weeks ago.
Part 2 was one week ago.
Part 3 was one week ago.
A teaser one week ago.
Part 4 seventeen hours ago.

So allowing for the general Buzz timeline ............

carry the 5 ............


Columbus Day for part 5.
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Old 10-04-2016   #104
 
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Part 5

I observed two couples ---one couple in each four-wheeler. Caretaker B, piloting the first machine, was promptly at my side, with rope in hand, with all the right questions, in all the right order: “Is anybody injured’ “How many people are involved?” “Is there anybody else downstream?”

“Listen,” he said, “We’re going to get her, and all your gear, including the raft, off the rock right now. Tonight.”

“Well, I appreciate your ambition, but..”

“Look. We have heavy equipment. A backhoe. Come-alongs. Etc.”

I interrupted, “Getting the boat off the rock means getting me with a good line back onto the raft. ---Not going to happen under darkness! Now that you are here, I am going to reprioritize, and get her off the rock. That’s enough. Leave the gear. The rest can wait until morning. That boat, and that gear, are going nowhere tonight.” He accepted.

I then reminded The First Mate, via hand signals and gestures, to hold the throw bag to her chest, with the line draped over her left shoulder, and to slide into the current, belly up, and to keep her face skyward.

He interjected: “What?” “You are going to have her jump into the river just holding on to a rope?”

“Yes”, I said.

“No. No. No. She has to be tied to the rope!”

So began a debate/argument between Caretaker B and me that lasted several precious minutes.

He declared, “Listen. We own both sides of the river ---hence, we own that rock! You are on our property, trespassing essentially, and I am not about to let you do that! She must be tied to the rope.“

I yelled, “I’ve done this dozens of times. This is how it must be done. This is really treacherous water. She must be free to let go of the rope. To be fixed to it could be deadly. Please!”

Finally, after quite a battle, he conceded. “Since you are “the expert”, we’ll do it your way.”

By then, Caretaker B, was at our side as well. He had apparently driven the two female companions back to the lodges to prepare for our arrival and he had returned.

So, on signal, The First Mate jumped into the river. I had her on a pendulum to shore in less than half the distance it had taken me to swim it. Caretaker A was right there to help her out of the current. We two piled into the back of the four-wheeler, with them in front, and they whisked us off to safety. I learned that this was a fishing lodge, and that they had no guests due to the high water/poor fishing. There were multiple cabins on the premises.

True sanctuary after tremendous peril is heavenly. In this case, a gorgeous, huge cabin with a large slate patio, and a triple sized sunken slate hot tub. We stripped down and clamoured into the tub. They brought us black coffee and whisky. The caretaker’s wives took our clothes away to tumble dry. The two caretakers retreated. We were left to bask in the bubbling hot water and to consider our fortune. ---All grins and giggles and sighs. We were elated to be alive and safe, unequivocally.
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Old 10-05-2016   #105
 
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At the very least the guy knows the correct time and location to wrap a boat. Hope the final conclusion ends as well.

This thread would get a lot more exposure and interest if it were in a more popular category. How often does anyone go to Lost and Found anyway?
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Pushing 30k page views, not too shabby for a thread. I am starting to wonder if this isn't a lost episode of "How I Met Your Mother". It just needs a Bob Saget voice over.
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So Sad

"Listen. We own both sides of the river ---hence, we own that rock!"

30,000 views for this thread. So sad we can't get together and protect access and rights to our navigable waterways. When will Coloradans stand up and stop the privatization of our rivers and wilderness. While you read this very post some rich Texan just bought another section of the Yampa you will never see. Bullshit!! Forget about Trump and Hillary and handle some local business. Suggestions ?
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At the very least the guy knows the correct time and location to wrap a boat. Hope the final conclusion ends as well.
Based on earlier hints and intimations from the OP, the hot tub may be the high point of the trip.
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"Listen. We own both sides of the river ---hence, we own that rock!"

30,000 views for this thread. So sad we can't get together and protect access and rights to our navigable waterways. When will Coloradans stand up and stop the privatization of our rivers and wilderness. While you read this very post some rich Texan just bought another section of the Yampa you will never see. Bullshit!! Forget about Trump and Hillary and handle some local business. Suggestions ?
Colorado could learn some lessons...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana_Stream_Access_Law
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Pushing 30k page views, not too shabby for a thread. I am starting to wonder if this isn't a lost episode of "How I Met Your Mother". It just needs a Bob Saget voice over.
Yes, I agree this has a following but it seems quite a few regulars have not chimed in and what follows the hot tub with cocktails could go in many directions as well. Could be April 1 before the finale.
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