Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Shooting the Canandaigua

Levi and I ran the race on the mighty Canandaigua river this year. The day was great - 75-80 until it started to rain. Water was warm. I loved it. We traded in our canoe for a submarine about 1/2 way through as we took on more and more water. I installed a wave splash guard on our canoe like some of the guys we talked to last year told us to. It was supposed to keep water out of the canoe. You can tell, it didn't seem to help. Once we were under water, it seemed to pull the bow up a bit though :) . We took a great line all the way through and never capsized in any rapid, but his 200 pounds and my 260 pounds i think just make our boat ride low. We just kept taking on more water until we were full, that happened about 100 yards infront of the main rapids that killed us last year. We took a far right line and went over the falls well (if you consider sideways, then backwards good) but we didn't capsize, That only happened because with all the water in our canoe, we couldn't manuever, then we just turned around so I was in bow and levi in stern, but with the submerged state of our fine craft, and rather than finish the race backwards, we jumped out and dumped water and kept going. While we were submarining, Levi was paddling up to his shoulders in the water, and his head was going under every wave. I don't know how he liked it but he seemed to be happy when he came up for air. We still finished with a good time and I have no idea if we matched last years results. Having run it last year really helped us take a better line this year. As you can see from the picture, we made an attempt at floatation devices, we need to learn to attach them better and probably either lose weight or get more of them. We had a great time. We are trying to find out how we did. I got third last year with Brother clemmer, a with a partner who cant even measure up to my partner this year. We can't find results anywhere.

4 comments:

Jeremy and Maria said...

EXCELLENT POST!, I really enjoyed hearing all of it. Quick question. LEVI ways 200 lbs? thats massive. As for the submarine, wow. Thats really alotta water in a canoe. Love you guys, I'm happy to see new posts on the blog was sad there a couple of days.

Em said...

i havn't laughed so hard lately. thanks for the post, Nathan. just awesome.
i hear the Snake River is more docile, if you're up for another trip in the summer. Come see us in Rexburg.

somestratt said...

Wow! I am glad to hear that Levi was still happy living as half fish, half man (all 200 lbs.) I love the picture! What fun!

Cindy said...

What a great picture! I was totally rolling as I read your story, esp the submarining part!