Did a long stretch of the steamboat town run- put in at walton creek, take out at steamboat campground. Got about two river minutes away from the take out and the river took a nasty sharp left straight into a bunch of rocks and old cement slabs, and I followed it. Knocked into the rocks and flipped over, I still don't have a solid roll, so I pulled my skirt. Wound up having to wrestle a big tree limb in order to scramble up a vertical bank, right in the middle of a mosquito sunset FEAST AND BREEDING EXTRAVAGANZA!!!! Got my boat back from my boyfriend and dragged it onto the bank to drain it out. It took a solid ten minutes to drain it and find a spot where I could slide back into the river. In the meantime, the skeeters had their cake and ate it too, mother fuckers. Anyway, I managed the last two minutes of the river before the take out, got to the take out and pulled over on the bank, there wasn't much of an eddy, but it was shallow and moving slow. Threw my paddle on the bank and was working on getting out of the bank when the "current" grabbed my stern and I flipped my boat in the less-than-a-foot of water I was in. Didn't even have to pull my skirt, I was too busy scrambling to grab my boyfriend's tether. Why? Obviously a desperate and half-baked attempt to save myself. So, my second swim was in less than a foot of water, upper body was fine through both, banged up my knees and shins a little, and all the first swim did was make me a little more tired than I was before.
In retrospect (because we all know hindsight is 20/20):
I should have tried to ferry back across the river to negotiate that turn a little better- or I should have picked a better line in the first place.
I should have stuck with my boat longer on the first swim to find a better spot to get off and on the river, I wouldn't have tired myself out scrambling around in a fucked up sport and dragging my full boat around.
Probably should have banked my boat a little better at the end there.... wouldn't have had the second "swim" at all.
But I'm learning! Even after that I still had a blast on the river and I'm thirsty for more. I'm proud of myself for not being afraid to get back on and try again, and every time I've been taken a run I've improved a ton and feel more and more confident in my lil Dagger G-force.
Brought my game face to work today
going to C-hole to work on my roll later, wish me luck!