mlepix (10:38:17 AM): I need to hear stories
ifrdr1 (10:39:07 AM): hmm okay
ifrdr1 (10:39:19 AM): i've been meaning to blog about this, but it doesn't seem funny or story like
ifrdr1 (10:39:36 AM): so this past weekend 2 friends and i headed to telluride for the bluegrass festival
ifrdr1 (10:39:52 AM): festivaled it up friday night, then saturday we decided to play on the river (one friend had a 4 person inflatable boat, life jackets, etc.)
ifrdr1 (10:40:05 AM): lazy river stuff, we had a cooler of beer and wanted to combine mild rapids with beery goodness
ifrdr1 (10:40:40 AM): talked to a rafting company in town and they said the river was good class 1 and 2 stuff. 1 is floaty beer drinking, and 2 is rapidy but not really.
ifrdr1 (10:40:58 AM): so we put in, and for the next hour it's nonstop rapids. class 2 and class 3 stuff, no breaks and certainly no floaty beer drinking
ifrdr1 (10:41:11 AM): we’re bouncing off rocks, doing our best to steer
ifrdr1 (10:41:25 AM): no beer breaks at all - not even time to bail out the boat which was extremely full of water
ifrdr1 (10:41:43 AM): getting slapped in the face by waves, etc. I haven’t taken that kind of a beating since
ifrdr1 (10:42:41 AM): eventually we manage to find a "calm" area on the side of the river, jump out and pull the boat out of the water (a long process since by now it was completely full of water). Except replace “find” with “get stuck in a tree near a shallow area”
ifrdr1 (10:43:00 AM): we were extremely thankful/lucky to "find" that spot
ifrdr1 (10:43:12 AM): cause it was sort of tip the boat scary, but in a fun safe way of course.
ifrdr1 (10:43:32 AM): anyway i had my cell phone along on this voyage, because call for help seems responsible.
ifrdr1 (10:43:47 AM): cell phone & wallet were packed inside of a ziplock bag - the one i keep it in when i bike
ifrdr1 (10:43:55 AM): then this ziplock was placed inside of the "dry bag"
ifrdr1 (10:44:12 AM): turns out the drybag doesn’t really stay all that dry when the entire boat fills up with water
ifrdr1 (10:44:53 AM): when we finally escaped the clutches of the river i had a chance to look in the drybag
ifrdr1 (10:44:58 AM): completely full of water
ifrdr1 (10:45:13 AM): the ziplock containing my phone and wallet? also full of water
ifrdr1 (10:45:33 AM): the camelback i brought with me for water & storage? submerged in a foot of water
mlepix (10:46:36 AM): hee hee I'm enjoying this
ifrdr1 (10:45:51 AM): the birkenstocks i had in the camelback? same story
ifrdr1 (10:46:05 AM): even my 1st aid kit got waterlogged
ifrdr1 (10:46:08 AM): crazy stuff
ifrdr1 (10:46:19 AM): then we walked back the 3ish miles to the car
ifrdr1 (10:46:44 AM): along the way ran into 4 kayakers all decked out in kayaky gear with whitewater kayaks
ifrdr1 (10:47:08 AM): they said the rapids were class 3, and were rather incredulous that we were rafting. I assume this is because they were in awe of our prowess, rather then amused by our stupidity
ifrdr1 (10:47:16 AM): they said if we went any further we would have really been in trouble
mlepix (11:01:17 AM): adventurous weekend!
*The conversation above has been edited for content and my own amusement. Actual rafting may or may not have occurred.