Incident at the Mish
Last night, Sunday July 12th, me and a bunch of friends (fellow Poudre guides) had planned to raft into the concert at the Mish. We figured we would raft in, listen to a few songs, hang out on the raft and have a few beers. When we arrived we pulled into the eddy right near the stage. A few of us got off the raft to say hey to some friends. We were not there longer than 2 minutes before we were asked to leave. We knew this was a possibility so we were not surprised. However, security and the owner Robin were exceedingly irate and rude. We paddled to the eddy on river left about 30 yards down. Security shined lights on us and we debated what we wanted to do. We needed to get the boat reorganized and decide where we would paddle or pull out.
Someone mentioned that they thought there were rocks being thrown. A few small stones hit the raft. I jokingly said "if they are going to throw rocks I will out on my hemet." Thank goodness I did because 60 seconds later a rock about the size of an egg hit me directly on top of my head and left a good ding on my helmet. Another good sized one hit one of the other girls in the raft. At that point we became really nervous and started paddling downstream. Security followed us below guide hole and another verbal altercation ensued.
Were we trying to see the show for free? Yeah. Is this trespassing? Yeah. We were told he owns the land on river left, but we believed we were off his property line when we pulled over river left. However the response was really extreme and unwarranted. We left when asked and that should have been the end of it. The security there seems to be a lot of meat head d-bags looking for trouble.
Moral of the story: Fuck the Mish, I know we will never go there again and will not recommend it to anyone else. If you plan on paddling in this season I recommend a full face mask helmet and a paintball gun.