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I'm sorry that this thread has taken this route, I only wanted some good input on possible places to go that offer a bit of everything for us, but sometimes people just need to be reminded that hey don't get to make decisions for other people. Dirtbag, I'm talking to you.
As I understand the term, a dirtbag kayaker is one who spends more time living out of their car than in a house, more time on the river than in the office, and more time following the serendipitous course of events than judging the decisions of other men. Rivers flow downstream bro. Dirtbag kayaker, maybe you once fit the description, but it seems like now you're just that guy that used to live the life, until he "grew up." and don't worry you didn't piss me off, I just think it's interesting that you found it so offensive that someone would want to live life in a manner other than how you live, that box must be getting pretty cramped. Has the river taught you nothing? Maybe you should drop the term kayaker from your name, maybe now, you're just someone who kayaks, anyone can learn to roll and kayak and make it down a river. But kayakers are people who have been humbled by the river enough to know better than to think that they know best. Kayakers know that life is best lived moment to moment, and that no matter how good you read the water, the river will surprise you. That's a metaphor by the way
I personally believe that success comes from happiness, not the other way around, and if their is one thing I care about passing on to my daughter that is it. You can make all the money in the world and have the best retirement plan, health plan, house, etc and be completely miserable, just take one look at the crap people watch on TV, can you believe that stuff gets good ratings. I have chosen a different path. For those who think I'm just some guy trying to dodge responsibility, well I guess that is completely dependent on your definition of responsibility.
Thank you to all of you who have simply posted beta, I really appreciate it. And thanks to those of you who have lived the life I'm imagining and shared your thoughts on this thread, you have provided me with the inspiration to move forward. It's time for this squabble to be done, if anyone has any stories of raising families on the river or good beta on awesome places to try it, please feel free to send me a message. Otherwise, save your breathe.