So all Sunday night it stormed like crazy. I was fortunate to be camped on the Turnbull ranch (fascinating story itself will write it later) Thanks Turnbulls!
I had to pump water out of canoe, and sand as well that fell into it when the tops of the sandbanks kept collapsing into it. Wet, wet everywhere. Was up most of the night worried the canoe would float away even though I had two lines on it.
Regardless, got it taken care of and got going down river. Great day to paddle. Overcast and temps in the 70’s. Really felt great.
I later found us a place to camp on a cool sandbar. So I got out of the canoe and got too concerned about charging this phone off of the solar chargers.
Hmm what do you think happens next?
For the first time since I can remember I don’t stick with my routine and tie off the canoe, or stick by it.
Starting to get it?
So I am fiddling around with this phone and a charger when I look at Zeusy just as his ears go straight up with a Scooby-Doo, “Huuhh! ” expression ! He is looking right into the river.
Got it now don’t you !
I look up to see the canoe turn into the current.
I foolishly wandered myself behind a large pile of driftwood that I have to run around to try and cut the canoe off.
Now I have chased a lot of things and people down but this became the most important pursuit of my entire life!
I drop the phone and the charger in my first few steps as I start saying to Zeusy “We got to get that! ” over and over again.
Zeusy was right by my side the whole way. I don’t even remember my feat touching the ground as I flipped off my hat and sunglasses.
“We got to get that! ”
I tore the raincoat from my body as I reached into every pants pocket tossing anything out. Knife,glasses, hand sanitizer, trash and gum, all making a nice trail as I kept my eye on my target as it picked up speed and went further from the shore.
“We got to get that! “
I approaching a 5′ sandbank with my loyal buddy by my side as we both jumped into the river.
Down we went into the water and you wouldn’t believe it. It was only ankle deep with a sand bottom.
“We got to get that! “
Only my momentum saved me from a perfect Youtube slow-mo faceplant.
So we ran until it was to deep and time to swim . In we went. We were so close. Then we were in the current and with a huge grab and…
I GOT IT !!!!
As I twist to change directions I look for the man and he is still with me! Swimming like an Olympic champ!
“This way Zeusy! ” ” Come on buddy, come on” and we both swam as quickly as we could over to the bank.
I finally got to where we could stand and I pushed and shoved the canoe back to a good spot. I was drenched. It was about 65° by now as I started to shiver.
In no time I had changed and tied the canoe down with TWO lines as I went to gather all I ejected while I was running.
I noticed it was more distance than I thought it was and I did break the cord on the charger.
A small price to pay for what would have been a very long walk to town. And yes town is on the other side of the river!
Yes your right ! I really goofed!
And I do know what the dog thinks of the whole affair!