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    how funny! Let me also say I came close, too darn close, to losing my boat in many rapids. Just never happened. Pure luck. Also, on that Cataract run you will notice (well, if you were there) no river rats rode with me in any of those monster rapids. They preferred to watch. I called that good horse sense for a river rat type! HA! In those years, the 70s, geesh. . .you just never knew if you were going to eat your last rapid in some monster-thrashing hole, because the water was indeed wild. I once got to run the Zambezi, and that is mighty big water, one huge wave train following the other, all because the boatmen in one bad rapid got clobbered with the end of the oar and put a lump on the side of his head the size of a small peach. I hurried forward, jumped into the cockpit, grabbed the oars, and someone got through. The rest of that day's one he more or less told me how to run the rest of the rapids, though his speech remained incoherent. The company, after the run, offered me a job and I said HELL NO! Know why? Because in that river when you get tossed out of a boat you stay with the boat until pulled inside? Why? Because any crocs that happened to make it over the falls tend to wait in the eddies for their lunch or dinner. And humans make a decent meal for a croc. By the way, I sent those two Colorado River segments to your private email. Hope you find the information interesting. (And, YES, the CR when he's reddish-brown. . .that's his real tincture; not the pea-green color caused by that loathsome damn.

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:22:55 PM PDT

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