So much more than just paddling these days. A few weeks ago 12 of us paddled down Quartzville Creek, a pristine little drainage deep in the woods outside of Sweet Home Oregon. It wasn’t that long ago when I worried about getting 4 ORT boats down a class IV run safely. So nice to have a polished and experienced crew…for the most part, well at least on the water anyway!
A significantly more rewarding experience occurred on New Years Day as we joined the Northwest Rafters Association, the Oregon Whitewater Association, and most importantly Team River Runner for a float and picnic on the Sandy River. We were honored to guide some of our veterans down the river! It is just too easy to take for granted the privileged lifestyles we lead as Americans. Supreme sacrifices are made everyday which allow us to enjoy the highest standard of living in the world.
God bless our veterans.
Additionally, Dr. Frankenstein had been at work in his lab creating a formula to get ORT officially approved as a non profit 501c3 organization! We hope that this will allow us to generate a resource base which will facilitate the continued development of our entire river communities through whitewater festivals which of course include raft racing.
The challenge for all of us in 2010 will be to tirelessly continue our relentless pursuit of self actualization as we improve ourselves psychologically, spiritually, and athletically by riding the souls of the earth also known as a rivers and their ecosystems.