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Old 12-24-2019   #21
 
thornton, Colorado
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Denial?

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I usedtowas, and that's what got me into whitewater--first kayaking and then rafting to share it with friends/family. I'm finding more that I simply love rivers and being out.


Or as an old guide once told me:
Boating is like sex: first for love, then for friends, then for money.
First sign of addiction is denial. Are we going to have to find someone a 12 step program? Happy boating and a Marrrry Christmas to all.

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Old 12-24-2019   #22
 
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First sign of addiction is denial. Are we going to have to find someone a 12 step program? Happy boating and a Marrrry Christmas to all.

I like this 12 step program:
HOW TO READY YOURSELF FOR 3 WEEKS ON THE GRAND A PADDLER'S 12 STEP PROGRAM.

1. Choose what you would like to wear for the next 3 weeks, but make sure it fits in a paper grocery bag.

2. One week before the trip, have a yard of sand delivered to your house. Sprinkle liberally in your dresser drawers, and on the kitchen counter, and fill your salt shaker,sugar bowl and cereal boxes.

3. Pour sand on garbage can lid. Place in front of a fan. Set on high.

4 Rent a projection TV and illuminate the walls and ceiling of your bedroom with old Dracula movies, especially the snake, lizard, scorpion rodent and bat infested scenes.

5. Each day at 9 am and 5pm, have your friends form a long line. Then pass the entire contents of your home out the front door, around the side, and into the back door of your house.

6. Wash all your dishes by hand using only gross, chunky dish water.

7. Sit on the hood of your car while riding through the car wash. Make sure you stay wet for a few hours in a breeze, or in front of the fan--the one thats blowing sand.

8. Set up horseshoe stakes in the back yard. Then practice kicking it with your bare toe every night.

9. Line your sandals with sandpaper and spend two hours a day on a StairMaster.

10. Drape the contents of your brown grocery bag on the bushes and rocks in your back yard. Twice a day practice changing clothes while your neighbors watch.

11. With 16 friends standing in the shallow end of a swimming pool, practice looking nonchalant as you rcarry on a conversation and pee simutaneously

12. Go to the bathroom in your upstairs waste basket and then, with your pants still around your ankles, run downstairs and pee in the tub.
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Old 12-24-2019   #23
 
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That's is so true.

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I like this 12 step program:
HOW TO READY YOURSELF FOR 3 WEEKS ON THE GRAND A PADDLER'S 12 STEP PROGRAM.

1. Choose what you would like to wear for the next 3 weeks, but make sure it fits in a paper grocery bag.

2. One week before the trip, have a yard of sand delivered to your house. Sprinkle liberally in your dresser drawers, and on the kitchen counter, and fill your salt shaker,sugar bowl and cereal boxes.

3. Pour sand on garbage can lid. Place in front of a fan. Set on high.

4 Rent a projection TV and illuminate the walls and ceiling of your bedroom with old Dracula movies, especially the snake, lizard, scorpion rodent and bat infested scenes.

5. Each day at 9 am and 5pm, have your friends form a long line. Then pass the entire contents of your home out the front door, around the side, and into the back door of your house.

6. Wash all your dishes by hand using only gross, chunky dish water.

7. Sit on the hood of your car while riding through the car wash. Make sure you stay wet for a few hours in a breeze, or in front of the fan--the one thats blowing sand.

8. Set up horseshoe stakes in the back yard. Then practice kicking it with your bare toe every night.

9. Line your sandals with sandpaper and spend two hours a day on a StairMaster.

10. Drape the contents of your brown grocery bag on the bushes and rocks in your back yard. Twice a day practice changing clothes while your neighbors watch.

11. With 16 friends standing in the shallow end of a swimming pool, practice looking nonchalant as you rcarry on a conversation and pee simutaneously

12. Go to the bathroom in your upstairs waste basket and then, with your pants still around your ankles, run downstairs and pee in the tub.
We have all been there, so true. We have to admit that the roaring of the white water in Cataract as we approach the canyon, the thunder storms pounding at our heels as we float the river, etc. gets that adrenaline addiction is us in height gear. Happy boating my friend and a very Marrrry Christmas.
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Old 12-24-2019   #24
 
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Merry Christmas to you all! May you have a fabulous year of boating in 2020
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Old 12-26-2019   #25
 
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May your 2020 boating year be one for the memory books!
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Old 12-26-2019   #26
 
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The only point I wanna make is donít wait too long for lower flows. Itís a river that definitely gets too low to raft after a point. We IKyed it early August and Staircase series area was mostly walking through rocky rapid for several miles and a few mandatory portages down lower, even in a IKy.
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