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Old 08-17-2015   #1
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Lakewood, Colorado
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A year ago...we remember

I am reminded that a year ago we lost our dear friend Beth. In remembering Beth, and in remembering the kind and heartfelt words posted here and elsewhere, I was hit by a feeling of guilt (then and now) that I rarely told her, or really any paddler, what they mean to me.

In honor of Beth, I invite you to publicly or privately take the next few days to find those who are your mentors, heroes, and dear paddling friends and let them know what they mean to you.

I'd like to publicly thank and show my respect for my mentors; those who have taken the time and effort to share their love of the river with me such that I may be a better paddler and better person.

These individuals are
Dave Frank
Tom Wood
Peter and Susan Buckley
Dan Orion (who introduced me to Beth)
Taylor Parsons
and Beth McVay

On the river, I can abandon who I am and what I've done. However brief it lasts, while on the river I am nothing important and everything insignificant. I am flotsam, and happy to be so.
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Old 08-17-2015   #2
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Here Here! Boating is all about having fun and Beth knew how to have fun!

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Old 08-17-2015   #3
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Nice Hojo. Thoughts were with her as we floated Gore this past weekend.

Share the love.

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Old 08-17-2015   #4
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I never met Beth in person, but chatting with her on Mountain Buzz was a pure delight.

Thanks for reminding us of what's important river family means so much to me. I was blessed to spend this past weekend with many of them at a wedding. Sitting around remembering goods times on the river while celebrating the happy couple. Pretty cool.
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home."
Australian Aboriginal Proverb
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Old 08-18-2015   #5
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hojo, it's funny that we don't tell those around us often enough what they mean to us. A few years back I lost a good friend to an avalanche here in Utah. He was a terrific guy, he meant a lot to all of us. But none of us ever told him or each other that. As I left his funeral, which was attended by several hundred people, I vowed that I would tell the people around me regularly what they mean to me. Not just my family, but my friends.

Since then I have been much more open with my riding buddies, friends, mentors, etc about how much them mean to me. Funny, I can tell even my big, hardest, manly men friends that I love and appreciate them and they are genuinely touched by it.

So yeah, take a minute and tell people what they mean to you, great advice.

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Old 08-18-2015   #6
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Great idea. Thank you to the people who taught me, looked after me, cleaned up my yard sales, encouraged me and brought me on adventures that I would never have had the opportunity to experience without them. Some of them are: Steven Barnhill, John Clauson, Bob Cook, Rick Fox, Dallas Haley, Zach Hubbard, Kenny Kiley, Rob Merritt, Don Neiters and John Rice. Thanks also to my regular boating partners who keep having adventures with me: Daniel, Eric, Steven, Rob, Nathan, Michael, Jason, Nick...

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