A salute! as I near the end of a great season of paddling…some life lessons I’ve learned along the way.
1. Respect the River, or it will remind you of your place in the universe.
2. Prepare for the trip. You can’t bluff your way along. Sooner or later you’ll be found out.
3. When trouble comes, you can’t run home to Mom. You can’t quit. (There’s no exit.) You have to finish the trip. (Speaking from experience.)
4. Go with the flow. Understand the current and where it takes you.
5. It’s true. Still waters really do run deep. They offer a respite from active water. But they are more work to paddle.
6. Anticipate obstacles and plan ahead. If you hit them, they’re in charge.
8. If disaster happens and you go over, your life jacket will intervene. Let your Protection and Safety work for you while you get yourself to shore. And Stay with the Boat. Stay with the Boat. Stay with the Boat.
9. Experience is all fine and good, but stay humble. You don’t know it all.
10. Yes, it’s risky. But so is life. So go ahead and dare, and have fun while you’re at it.