My two favorite Derk moments:
My absolute favorite was on the Salt 2 years ago when the rest of us pulled over to scout Quartzite and I could feel the butterflies coming on strong, as he floated by, he turned and gave me the biggest grin and said, "you only get the chance to run it blind once." Then he took the hero line. I remember that smile every time I get nervous boating. His passion for boating was palpable and contagious.
The other moment is one of my top 5 favorite evenings in camp. On the Dolores last year, Derk made dinner and he was very excited when he surprised us with cherry cobbler for dessert. The we sat around telling terrible jokes and playing camp games for hours. The kid had the biggest heart.
I am still in shock. I was really looking forward to joining him for Thanksgiving this year. I wish peace for his family and for those who were with him yesterday. Although my heart is breaking for him, I know he was doing what he loved.
"There is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together, and have a long day of it?" -Wind in the Willows