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I am just back from a lovely day on the river, though I was somewhat psychological about it.  We paddled "the Farmlands" a class IV section of the White Salmon River in Washington.  The last time I was there I had a bad experience--I nearly drowned.  The time before that was even worse--somebody died.  These events have had a definite impact on my enthusiasm and confidence.  I have avoided the place.  I'm trying to get over my phobia but I am done running this section for this year.  I am not motivated to go there again at low water.  The smell of cattle is unappealing.  It really does go through farmland.

It's a narrow little stream in a basalt gorge pretty much the whole way.  Sometimes, like at Chris' place, the cliffs are 70 feet above the water.  Other places, like at Sidewinder, they're more like 5-15 feet high.

I was ready to take out at someone's property but decided to continue downstream and ended up having some fun.  I stopped dropping into my fear posture so fast and reminding myself to sit up and open my heart.

I did hurt myself.  I dropped the end of my boat on my own foot but it was not broken.  And my right shoulder is tweaked again.  These are the complaints of a kayaker who doesn't have anything better to complain about.  I could complain about my job but it's not that bad.  I could complain about W but he's gone for 4 days.  I am happy to be at home alone where I can eat an apple, cheese and crackers for dinner if I want to.


Jun. 5th, 2018 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are okay and that you paddled through your fear. No need to ever go back to that creek again, if you don't want to. There are so many others that might not be so dangerous. Yay for time alone!



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