Not only are the Russians lifejackets far superior in flotation to our wimpy american pfds but they are also way ahead of Americans on the green factor! After the last rapid, they pull the newspaper out of their lifevests and burn it, repacking all new newspaper for the next trip
The Russians were a great trip to work with. A few weeks before the trip they called me for a van shuttle from Vegas. I asked them what they were going to do about all their gear? They said not to worry about, it they only have bags and they will have put them on their laps all the way to the Ferry. I agreed but had a hard time believing it, so I mentioned "Hey if the driver gets there and he can't load the bus with all your stuff, your going to have to rent a car or something." They laughed, "19 passenger Van?", no problem. What about tables, I asked. "Tables? We do a river trip? No Guides, No tables! But you bring this Grover for us? We deposit for you?" When we arrived the trip was loaded in minutes
There was one canadian guy that was translating and running with him. A few days before they called me on the SAT phone and said "Brady, we reach DC tonight so you come and pick us up, OK? "Uh, ok. Do you want anything?", I asked. Cigarettes!! American Beer!!" Like what kind of american beer? "Budweiser!", he said. You could hear the whole group in the background, BUDWEISER
At the bottom they were hanging with the Grand Canyon Youth group yucking it up. I passed out the smokes and beer and they tossed their backpacks in the back of the truck with the Grovers and all of them rode the stakebed to the top of the road smoking and drinking all the way up. On the drive up I switched spots with the canadian and crawled out of the window(while the Canadian was driving) and jumped in the back with them. They thought nothing of it and carried on about the trip. After about 15 miles they talked about Americans great big trucks and then asked who's driving? I told them the truck was on cruise control and the canadian was asleep. The one guy translated to the other folks and everyone nodded together and whispered. The translater turned to me and said "yeah the Canadian guy was a great dude but not quite as hearty..The Canadians have an easy life... American trucks and cruise control, COOL! Smoke? Then they went on about their Unimog Truck and they told me I could drive it when I come to Russia and run rivers
But we no Grovers
This too much..Government No meddle like this"