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Old 09-22-2015   #1
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So this last weekend was the guide reunion for Rocky Mtn River Expeditions. The old guys used Muddy Creek Cabins in Kremmling for ground zero and we spread out from there.

One of our unexpected guests was George Henry.

George ran with Hatch for 45 years until he retired. He was on the Bobby Kennedy trip on the Yampa.

George was a B 24 pilot in WWII as well, stationed in Italy.

George has written a nice book about his adventures, called
Row away from the rocks

Anyway, George and I ended up running pump house to Rancho on Saturday. First time he'd been on water since he retired in 2001.

George is 92.

George and Schutzie had a grand time, and George ran Yarmony and several miles after. In the wind. the 30 MPH wind.

George has forgotten more river lore and technique than the combined knowledge on the river that entire weekend. And George can still row a fine line, telling stories the whole time.

The point is, the two old farts beat all the youngsters we launched with by at least 30 minutes. We were sitting on the boat at Rancho drinking beer when most of them managed to struggle in.

Score one for the old guys!

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Old 09-22-2015   #2
 
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wait, in your crew you try to be FIRST to the takeout?
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Old 09-22-2015   #3
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No.
The point was, when the wind kicked up at Yarmony it was row or stand still.
After the bench it got serious, rowing was the only way to progress. At all.
By the last mile above Rancho it had to be blowing 30MPH; even rowing strong, forward motion was chancy.

And the two old guys managed better than the youngsters.

That was the point.

Try to keep up.
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Old 09-23-2015   #4
 
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Excellent! Gives the rest of us encouragement to keep rowing/paddling until we drop.
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If I'm enjoying a beer and a day on the river with an old buddy when I am 92, I will consider my life very successful. Out rowing the kids is just a bonus!
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Old 09-23-2015   #6
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Yeah, we decided we wouldn't make a big deal out of it, but then the wife and the kids came in bitching we left them, and that gave us clearance to load it on.

WIFE; #[email protected]^*( IT! You just go off and leave us to flounder as best we could; we had people in the water, and had to pull ourselves out; people could have died!
ME: Wait. What do you mean people in the water? What happened?
NIECE WHO WAS ON BOAT: Oh, Sammy threw Maggie in the water and then Maggie threw Sammy in the water and then Jeff jumped in cause he was hot.
WIFE: But it could have been serious and you wouldn't have known a thing.
ME; What would you have had me do?
WIFE; Well we could have tied on and you could have pulled us out!
ME; Let me see if I have this straight; you wanted the two old guys to pull the boat full of young strong studs out because the wind was blowing?
WIFE; Well.........no, but...........Oh, just take us home!
ME; Ok, but honey, I just want to make sure I understand what you're upset about. I don't want to do something wrong......
WIFE; Shut up
George (snickering)
ME: (Holding hat over face so wife doesn't see stupid grin)
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Old 09-23-2015   #7
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I need to raft with Schutzie on his 92nd birthday!


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Thanks Shutzie,

I just ordered George's book. Sounds like an interesting guy for sure.


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Schutzie, I do so enjoy your narratives.
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I need to raft with Schutzie on his 92nd birthday!


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That will be in roughly 28 years; you bring the beer.
And, Schutzie, just so you know, does not raft with whiners. He leaves them to their own affairs.
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