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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:32 PM
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Folks, I could use a little support
Allright folks, eye won't paddle a river again, at least until spring. :( The weather here is beautiful, but the water is getting just too cold. My ears are a wee bit sore for a few days after every trip now.

My means of connection, my shot of adrenaline, and my centering, focusing, meditation will within the evening be out of my reach (sigh).

I'm going on a tame stream (at least at this level) for one farewell ride. With the leaves turned that little gorge will be, well, gorgeous, nonetheless I anticipate a bout of melancholy while there.

Summer is OVER.

What a great season I've had. I went from being a complete beginner/tyro to actually being solidly competent. It is always gratifying to be recognized by your peers as improving, and I've gone out at least seventy times this year, so I can't say I've wasted the summer.

But I can't deny it any more. It's all but over.

Who knows though, I've got friends who insist winter paddling ROCKS, and I've almost got the full set of gear to make it feasible--but I doubt it'll be the same.

Can I get a hug here?

Well off I go.....(I'll check in when I get back :) )
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:33 PM
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1. I usually don't hug guys....
So how's about a back slap.....
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:34 PM
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2. Well, if that's the best you can do.
:D
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:36 PM
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3. I'm heading over to the Allegheny Forest to take in the Fall
Foliage this weekend....

I'll think about ya...
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:40 PM
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7. The water was crystal clear,
cold and the leaves were wonderful. It wass a fitting day :thumbsup:

Driving home into the setting sun, my slightly chilly feet basking in the warmth of the car and dry socks Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness playing on the stereo it was flawless.

I reveled in the my contentment.

I'm gonna look forward to next spring--to say the very least.

The Allegheny leaves should be great--enjoy the fresh air! :)
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:11 PM
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30. Thanks! I am looking forward to it....
With my lung condition, it's the closest I can get to nature any more...
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:14 PM
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31. I just want to state that this is one of those
"nervous-hetero-guy-hugs"

:hug:

I hope the weather is lovely for you. :D
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:39 PM
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4. Well....
You are more than welcome to come on down to Sunny and HOT ( 92 degrees today ) Austin, Tx. We have some pretty cool places to paddle!

Does that help? :)
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:36 PM
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5. Invitations to paddle are ALWAYS welcome!
doesn't Austin have a whitewater park?
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:36 PM
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20. OH yeah...
They are EVERYWHERE!!!

C'mon down...I'll join ya! :)
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:39 PM
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6. It's the ebb and the flow of Life, my friend....
here's a :hug:, from me to you...

Shine
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:41 PM
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8. Thanks
:hug: :)
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:43 PM
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9. Have you ever done the "Wells Grey" trip?
It's a huge park in north-central B.C. and what you pack in you must pack out. My brothers did it a few years ago and loved it! All canoeing, all the time. Check it out.
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:50 PM
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11. I've never made it to BC
in the next year or so I want to get into sea kayaking as much as I have whitewater this year.

Once I do that Vancouver Island--here I come! B-)
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:52 PM
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13. I see you're in Minnesota
Have you gone to Lake of the Woods (in Northern Ontario right up against the Manitoba border)? My family owns an island there (just outside of Keewatin). Loved canoeing and fishing out there, when I lived in Winnipeg. P.S. I love Minnesota as well. It is one of the "good" states.
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:00 PM
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15. I've never paddle Lake of the Woods, but
I've been there. Don't forget Minnesota has a chunk of that! (It's that little tip that sticks up into Canada) I've gone on many, many trips to Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario (adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA))

If you come back this way, make sure you check out Quetico! :D
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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:45 PM
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10. Sorry about that eyepaddle
:hug:
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:50 PM
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12. Hey, long time no see,
How've you been elshiva? :pals:
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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:29 PM
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18. Oh, things are about the same. Still unemployed, but
thankful that I am still alive. :pals:
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:42 PM
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22. Y'know, a lot of times, I'm still
alive--and thankful that I'm unemployed! (I manage to snea in a few months of "vacation" most years)

Yes, I am partially an eternal boy.

And I think it suits me :D
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elshiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:57 PM
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26. You are a sweetheart.
:hug:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:54 PM
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14. Hey, Bro, come to Texas! LOL!
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:02 PM
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16. Thanks for the Invite!
Heck, people around here were missing YOU a few days ago--good to see you're back! B-)
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:13 PM
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17. Thank you, Pard. I'd been busy on a forum of mine. ;-)
It's good to know a few noticed my absence. There are some danged fine folks here!
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:34 PM
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19. eyepaddle
You'll have to let DU amuse you through the cold winter months :loveya:
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:40 PM
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21. I love that smiley!
DU--my paddling withdrawal support group! :pals:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:43 PM
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23. You need support? Well, c'mere baby.......
Because I've got hugs for you!

And I have a little poem for you to read in December: I hope it will help!

"I heard a bird sing
in the dark of December--
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
We are nearer to spring
than we were in September."

--Oliver Herford


:pals: :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:59 PM
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27. That's a great poem!
Thanks--I think I'll pass that on to my other paddlin' friends.

(Some of whom are gearing up to surf kayak on Lake Superior now that it's starting to get windy)

I don't think I'm THAT grooved on paddlin'!

:pals:
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southlandshari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:44 PM
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24. .........



And here's another, just for good measure, darlin'!

:hug:
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:52 PM
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25. Awwwww, thanks
How'd you know I am a "big guy?" (6'4")

Hey! Do you feel like a little :popcorn: ;) :hug:
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southlandshari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:06 PM
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28. Sigh.
I give you a hug (and maybe even a little smooching if you look closely at the picture - LOL) and you give me....

:popcorn:

Eh - that's ok. I called everyone here a spazoid earlier, and I'm feeling pretty relaxed now. Popcorn - no big deal.

;)
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:10 PM
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29. But, but, but,
I LIKE popcorn! a little butter, some salt and an icy coke! :hi:
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southlandshari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:16 PM
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33. Oh, ok. I'll eat popcorn with you.
But the smooching is over, buddy!

:P
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:19 PM
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35. LOL
:rofl:
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:15 PM
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32. Here you go; this is me on the New River
with some friends and a great guide.



I hear you! :hug:
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:19 PM
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34. Schweet!
Is that anywhere near Middle Kenny and a sieve called "The Meat Grinder?"

A buddy of mine swam that--I'd LUUURRRRVVVVVEEEEEE to paddle the New as well as The Gauley. Maybe next year! :hi:
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:23 PM
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36. I'm not sure what it was called at this point, although
I do know it was a class 4 rapid, and at one point we got our raft caught on a rock. It was an amazing thrill to try and extricate ourselves from THAT.

:hi:

I like the picture they got of us because the raft is BARELY visible!
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:12 PM
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37. Break it up and move on.
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eyepaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:18 PM
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38. Do you realize that you just kicked a thread
in order to tell us to let it go?

Hey, I'm not one to tell you your business or anything--but that strategem seems counterproductive to me. It had run its course and BAM right back to the top you fling it.

C'est la vie
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