October 1, 2012

Quick Random Thoughts for Oct 1 2012

1.  A fellow lady paddler was caught in a pin in a strainer on the Upper Nanty with her head under water for over 2 minutes.  She was rescued by heroes, one of whom ran into the river with no pfd or helmet to pull her out of the strainer, hold her head above water, and save her life.    CPR was done and she was revived and will have a full recovery.   CPR saves drowning victims' lives!  Get certified!  And take a SWR class too!

2.  I have a new boat -Remix 69 in brick red.  I love new toys. Have to outfit it now.  I got a killer deal on it from NOC at GAF.

3.  It was a great GAF this year and I especially love camping at Smoky Mtn. Meadows near Bryson City.   There was an osprey that followed us for part of the trip down the Nantahala.   Lots to think about.   Losing Jeff; nearly losing our friend mentioned above; my friend Jim who was in a terrible motorcycle accident and lost a leg; being grateful for each day I can spend on the water and in company of such good friends.  Spending time with Ben and walking the Upper Nanty with Teledave.  Crisp nights in the tent and stars out.   Solid rolls; solid strokes, good lines at the falls.  The Gorge is my home away from home.

4.  Happy Birthday.

5.  Need to rest.

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