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Evan Pease

Did something new over the weekend

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I went kayaking on the holston with a few people for the first time. There were 4 kayaks and 2 canoes with 2 people in each. There werent any huge rapids but it was fun. BTW its the same holston that that guy drowned in recently, I thought that was a little wierd.

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I've never done a kayak trip before.  I've done plenty of canoe trips back-in-the-day.  Those are some of my fondest memories as a youth.  As I got older, they were replaced by drunken tube trips down slow moving rivers.  I think I dumped more beer on my head than I drank.    

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Yeah, the rapids can be a blast.  When I was a bit younger I enjoyed running the Lehigh Gorge after Dam Release or after a heavy rain which turned the class I/II river into a class III/IV.  Lots of thrills, but I guess not too safe in a plastic Coleman canoe. I remember once taking a friend, who was a marine attack helicopter pilot down the river on a particularly nasty river day.  He was a bit shaken to say the least, or maybe looking back I should say he expressed reasonable caution.  Those canoes aren't really made to go airborne (if you hit a few boulders just right), and usually repairs had to be made to it during each trip, not to mention fashioning emergency makeshift paddles on occasion.  The gorge is cut into mountains, lots of bends, and has a bunch of sharp old abandoned iron works left in the river from the Molly Maguires back in the days of coal mining.   When we were done, he told me he'll never do that again.  He said he would rather fly his helicopter at tree level through all the twists and turns between the mountains at top speed, than in the front of my canoe again.  Go figure!

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Was thinkin about this the other day Burley it's about time for us to hit the river in the canoe and tear up the redeye's and smallies.

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Was thinkin about this the other day Burley it's about time for us to hit the river in the canoe and tear up the redeye's and smallies.

I'd probably take it out myself if some $$*$%(# would ever bring my trailer back.  ;)

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Was thinkin about this the other day Burley it's about time for us to hit the river in the canoe and tear up the redeye's and smallies.

I'd probably take it out myself if some $$*$%(# would ever bring my trailer back. ;)

Looked this morning it is still settin in the yard with the jon on it and I forgot to put the tongue up on a block and with the rain we've had the past 2 days it is nearly up as high as the front seat.  

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I have never done that. The closest was a guided 6 man raft on the Little Piegon River below Walters lake on the Tennessee North Carolina border. It was a lot of fun

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