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Jun. 5th, 2011 07:48 pm
ilanarama: me in my raft (rafting)
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On Saturday we de-cobwebbed our raft frames, unrolled the tubes and inflated them, and put our little raftlets together for the first time this season. Then we went rafting!

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We took a short run down the Animas (the river that Runs Through It here in Durango) from 32nd St. to 9th St. late afternoon Saturday, and a longer run from Santa Rita park to Dallabetta park on Sunday. After our Sunday run we walked up to Smelter Rapid (in between the two sections we ran; I'm not yet feeling confident enough to tackle it in the current high water) and watched some commercial rafts go through. Just as we got there we saw one raft upside-down as it washed out below, two passengers on the upturned bottom and two bobbing along in the water, which definitely did not inspire confidence!

Let's see if this embed works - it's a teeny movielet Britt took of me going alongside a little bitty rapid - I tried to get into it but never quite managed to get into the waves, so it's not particularly interesting. But, it's me! I'm on a BOAT!



(If it doesn't work, it's at Flickr.)

The one icky thing is that the air has off and on been quite thick with smoke from the Wallow fire in northern Arizona, 200 miles from here. On Saturday it was really hazy, and I had a hard time sleeping - woke up coughing in the middle of the night once, and several times with a dry throat. I always keep a water bottle by my bed, and I drained it last night.

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Date: 2011-06-06 02:43 am (UTC)
mrkinch: albatross soaring (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrkinch
Eeeeeeeee! A video of you on a boat! The embed worked fine for me.

Maybe it will eventually be summer in the West. Goodness knows it's been nothing like it here yet.

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Date: 2011-06-06 02:45 am (UTC)
melusina: (Any swim watersword)
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Looks like so much fun!

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Date: 2011-06-06 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainasraces.blogspot.com
Whee! Looks fun! Muddy water...but summer's coming :)

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Date: 2011-06-24 12:49 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] smalltownraces.blogspot.com
Just starting to clear up on the Umpqua here :)

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Date: 2011-06-06 10:00 am (UTC)
amanuensis1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amanuensis1
And you are very properly wearing your floatation device, YES! :D

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Date: 2011-06-06 02:29 pm (UTC)
blnchflr: Captain America Civil War (Default)
From: [personal profile] blnchflr
Yay, water! It looks quite choppy out there.

I want to go kayaking again, too - may go this weekend, if I'm lucky :o)

Smoke sounds nasty, and also impressive, coming from so far away!

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Date: 2011-06-06 03:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starfishchick
FUN!!

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Date: 2011-06-06 06:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eisoj5
You look great on the river :)

Did you find your balance was okay getting in and out of the boat with your foot? I realized I'm rather nervous about playing in the Dolores River this month with my bad ankle.

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Date: 2011-06-07 02:47 pm (UTC)
eisoj5: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eisoj5
Heh. Sadly I neither have a boat, nor permit, to raft the Dolores...I was just thinking of, y'know, swimming in it. :)

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