Well we did our first river trip and had a BLAST! The wife and I are both hooked. We did the A section of the Green River under Flaming Gorge Dam with a couple of friends.
We're gradually getting better at the assembly/dis-assembly and had no issues at all on this trip. We have learned a few little tips and tricks already to make things easier, and I think I will write them up in a post here for fellow newbs when I get some time.
So far, I have noticed that most everyone on the river seem to be extremely friendly and helpful - I think we are going back to run the A and B section in a couple of weeks.
Thank you all for the tips, tricks, and info - it has already proven to be most helpful.