Paddled.....

... I was given the pleasure yesterday of hosting Bou & her Boys for lunch, a few hours of rafting down the Hiwassee, a dinner of ribs, beans, and garlic biscuits.... and an evening of Zombie carnage (courtesy of her boy's PS3) until nearly dark.... and a good time was had by all..... well, except for the Zombie carnage...... somehow her little men think it quite funny that I harbor an unnatural fear of The Walking Dead.... as a matter of fact, this is the second year in a row that they've insisted on playing the game right in the middle of the living room..... and, of course, squirming all over my couch making high pitched squeaking noises with the destruction of each Zombie noggin......

.... I watched them for a while, but then retired to the safety of the kitchen where "The Adults" could converse..... but it was too late, unfortunately, as the damage had already been done.........I woke up at 4am and lumbered through to the kitchen for a glass of water and suddenly heard a floorboard creak in the living room.... I immediately was wide awake and cursing that damnable PS3..... but after a thorough going over of all the locks, I felt it safe enough to wander back to bed believing the house to be safe, secure, and Zombie free.....

... we rendezvoused again this morning for breakfast at the Tellico Junction Cafe (those of you who have breakfasted with me after the October blogmeet will know that locale pretty well.), and then they went on their well-fed way towards the rest of their vacation obligations....

.... it is always such a pleasure to entertain Bou and her three little men.... and if you are ever given a chance to do so, please take it.... trust me, you have my word..... you'll have a lot of fun, and I know from six years of experience that you will certainly NOT get bored.... each of her boys are a slice off the ole Bou-block.... so just imagine spending a day and a morning with three slices of Bou and a WHOLE Bou, and well, how on Earth could you NOT have fun?....

.... I will say, though, having read her post on the whole "rafting" adventure that we were completely doomed from before we ever even dipped a toe in the river..... sure, it was very, VERY fun, but it was also very tiring and very, very hot..... that said, I will point out to those who might be thinking of rafting in the near future that when they say a raft needs a "minimum of four", what they mean is that you need a minimum of four paddlers..... two adults just ain't gonna cut it, folks... no matter how hard you paddle your little tail feathers off, all you really can do is make sure that your raft is drifting with its nose in the right direction.......

.... but, be that as it may, we still had a good time..... Life is, after all, all about the new experiences...... and who doesn't enjoy leaping from a stuck raft into chest-deep water, bashing their knees, and heaving a raft around while trying not to drown?!..... not me, rubberneckers!..... I'm all about that kind of gig..... heh..... but Bou, though?..... well, she's hardly bigger than a minute, so while she did jump out and tug, push, and heave for a while, her heart was certainly in the right place..... and we all pulled our share of the weight.....

.... oh, and I nearly forgot the two "floaters" that we had drifting along behind us...... good god, were I Superman and she Supergirl, we STILL could not have moved that raft faster than the river's current with SpongeBob and Squidward (Mr T and Ringo) lashed to our forecastle like they were......

..... but, yeah..... there you go..... sometimes it's better to be floating down a river on an inner tube eating beef jerky than to be paddling like Hell and getting no where fast, but still, we survived...... and actually, it WAS a lot of fun... in a soggy, sunburnny, aching shoulder, lots of laughing kind of way.....

..... so next year?..... I wholeheartedly agree with Bou..... we'll give the rapids a miss and spend a day in the shade skipping stones on the Tellico river......

... you need much less chiropractic time after skipping stones......

by Eric on June 29, 2010 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (0) | Blogging
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Your rafting trip sounds like a great adventure. We once got our raft hung over a rock in what is known as "the Box" on the upper Rio Grande in class 5 rapids. I was too stupid to know how scared I should have been.

Bullshitted by Lou on June 30, 2010 06:58 AM

I love rafting, but there is a huge difference between no current shallow water rafting, and the real deal. Same goes for kayaking. Of course, you know that.

Bullshitted by Yabu on June 30, 2010 08:17 AM

.. yeah, Lou, it was a lot of fun!....

... the Hiwassee was only class 1, Yabu.... it's meant for families to float down slowly without a guide.... I've been on real whitewater on the Ocoee quite a few times... we'll not be able to do the Ocoee until her boys get much, much older....

Bullshitted by Eric on June 30, 2010 08:49 AM

Eric, I know that... I was just saying that bumping the bottom ain't fun. I've pulled as well, busted my ass many times, and it ain't fun. I decided long ago, if there ain't enough water to float the boat...I'm not going. Having said that...commanding three young boys / men is good Juju. Good for you. I've done the Snake River (started in Wyoming) as well, nice ride. We should do that one together. I swear to the Maker, we'd be telling stories about that ride for a long time...but I ain't going without protection in the form of gunpowder. I'm all about a nice smooth, maybe a little bumpy, ride. Not into wondering if I'm still gonna be alive when I see drop off rapids ahead. I'm a pussy, but a smart pussy. Been there before...I learned from my mistakes.

Bullshitted by Yabu on June 30, 2010 11:25 AM

I'm with you on the zombie thing, darned kids nowadays, too young to remember the Analog type....these new fangled digital zombies just bring memories of the real thing.....heh.

Sounds like a good time.

Bullshitted by Wollf on June 30, 2010 01:55 PM

I will confess, it was rather disheartening when you said you saw a leaf floating by going as fast as we were, and the Good Lord only knows I was paddling as hard as I could! I was most definitely not the Propulsion section of our team...

And I'm still getting imitations of you from the boys, "Look at me! I'm paddling a canoe!" with their snickering "You paddle like a girlllll!" Sheesh! Y'all are a tough crowd...

Bullshitted by Bou on June 30, 2010 04:55 PM

Certain jobs require a Propulsion Engineer. Sorry I could not be there!

Bullshitted by Elisson on June 30, 2010 11:02 PM