Well, my name is Lindsay and I am actually the compatriot of the man who owns this account, but I have breifly hijacked his screen name to pose a challenge to those of you who have seen whitewater in all colors, every season and many states.
I am collecting the folklore of the western river systems. I am a boater myself and realized that this community is almost entirely undocumented when it comes to language and lore of the rivers.
Think how many words you use to describe your weekend epics that your land locked friends only blink at while smelling your breath suspiciously. How many stories have you told that only recieve crickets and terrified smiles from your family, but beer-spilling laughter and 'No F*ing Way's from your boater buddies. That, my friends, is folklore. And I need it.
Don't worry, I am not nearly important enough to be published in any major periodical, or even any minor local rags, so the secret underbelly of river life will not be cheapened by media, movies and book deals anytime soon (heh..). But I think it's important to have some catalogue of the variations and strains of this other world and language that we live in.
Some of the things I am documenting:
The basic vocabularly of gear and river running- the second nature words you use when describing a run or your boat.
THe story behind rapid names- I am looking mainly for western rivers- CO, UT, WY, AR, ID, I-don't-know-the-abbreviation-for-Nevada, etc. But why is Steer Ridge called Steer Ridge (before someone put the skull there) for example.
Your personal epic- That one day that could have only happened on the river and is only funny because everyone is still alive and not a vegetable.
Games you play- Bootie shots, messing with tourists, etc.
A breif bio- Possible info about how old, hometown, years on the river, other life job etc. for my informant data.
Thank you for any and all information that you can send to [email protected]
. Don't worry if it is only a half a thought or a random story, I am looking for as much variety as possible. Also if you have any particularly poignant pictures, send those along as well.