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chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 12:35 AM

OFFICIAL "FLOAT" POST

Want to know....everything.

Me.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 12:48 AM

Me too!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 12:52 AM

I am soooooooooo awesome! Nothing else you need to know.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 1:04 AM

Need new info...already knew that


knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 1:16 AM

C'mon! I am living vicariously through you and need something for my diary.

Karen

Hope you all are having a blast!

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 1:37 AM

Talked to Lodi and MB, they are alive and well and drunk...nuff said.

Me.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 5:18 AM

No no no, Lodi. You must answer about the float. So the correct form would be:

"I am so floating awesome."

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 9:59 AM

Float you.

Synopsis: (Its 6:30 a m. on Saturday morning and I'm bleary eyed so bear with me.)

Rewind back a few days - I'm trying to clean my house and my guest house because I have people coming. I'm in panic mode because I can't take any time off of work and I'm doing everything in the evenings. I have my son's birthday on Sunday so that kills a day as we were "forced" to spend that day boating. Anyway, I drag things out until its the day Smoke and Embee are arriving. No worries, Embee isn't arriving until 3:25 and Smoke is in Seattle and that's a long drive over. I'm taking my own sweet time, drinking coffee, playing on the computer, and at 9:30, I get a call from Smoke that says she's about 100 miles away. I go into full fledged "oh sh**" mode and am trying to clean. Everything gets the equivalent of a spit bath instead of a cleaning and at some point, I don't even care anymore. Smoke & John arrive and we spend the day catching up, laughing, chatting. Its time to go get Embee, but it turns out her plane is delayed a couple of hours. We finally get her home and us girls stay up until about 1:00 a.m., PST, which means those Eastern timezone girls were pretty darn tired.

We get up, go shopping for the float, get back home, and start blowing up rafts, and packing up groceries. While we are doing that, Randy (OldCougar) and Ed arrive, after traveling like 15 hours from Canada. This is so exciting! And as a sidenote, I would just like to say that its all I can do not to stare at Randy. I catch myself doing it and have to make myself stop. She is so stunning! All night I was trying to figure out who it was that she looked like and Embee and I finally decided that it was Grace Kelly. After everything is loaded, we head to Orofino, caravan style. The entire time, I can see Smoke snapping pictures in my rearview mirror. When we arrive at the hotel, Smoke is wiping away tears because she is in awe of the beauty of the river and the mountains. I grin because that's the effect I was hoping for.

We get to our rooms and Embee's jaw drops because our room is so incredible. A six person hot tub, a sunken dining room, a living room, a deck, skylights with retractable shades....this place really is amazing. And I grin because that's the effect I was hoping for.

Jeannarie arrives and heads to our room. Eventually, everyone who is here at the time, makes it into our room and we spending the evening laughing and chatting, and eating. Perhaps some drinking. I was tired because of all of the non-house cleaning and laid down to take a nap. Later, we get a call that Koota and Fred have arrived, but its too late to visit, so they will see us in the morning, and I try to stay awake because I'm worried about Marsha. Her flight was delayed about 3 hours and that was going to put her here about 1:00 a.m., PST. I had her champagne cold but I don't think she was going to want any then. I gave her our room number on the phone asked her to please stop in when she got here. I tried to stay awake but drifted off again. Pretty soon, there was a knock on the door and there she was! I forgot what I was wearing, threw open the door, and gave her a big hug. She was exhausted and when I told her to be up and ready about 9:00, she quit smiling and informed me what her room number was and someone was probably going to have to come get her. hahahahaha! I love Marsha!

So the sky is a bit cloudy but with promises of mostly sun, and I'm getting up to fill the coolers and get the ready. Scott will arrive around 9:00 with the rafts and we will start shuttling people up the river with the hopes of being on the water early. It will be a long day and I can't wait. Scott will tootle around here all day, fishing and perhaps golfing, and then he will meet us back here (the float ends right at the hotel), pick up the rafts and go home. I can't wait to tell him I'm bringing everyone home with me on Sunday so he needs to get in "oh sh**" mode and clean the house again.

Off to pack the coolers. More later.

Lodi out.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 10:36 AM

I'm so glad that the Float ends at the Hotel, so all we have to do is crawl up the bank and be 'home'. LOL!

What fun! Wish you were all here!

('Specially, you Chickie and Ken.)

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 10:46 AM

AND especially ME!!! huh?

Have fun...HUGS

Sun

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 10:48 AM

You, too, SUNNY! I so wish you were here!




rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 1:44 PM

That's Favouritism and I'm feeling neglected and left out....
So you'll have to mention ALL 42,364 Sploofers in any
future messages

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 1:46 PM

Meant to say "Don't drink too much"

On further reflection, if I were there
I'd probably be under the table by
dinner time....cheap drunk....

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 1:49 PM

Beejeezus...Senility....

Thanks Lodi for the newsy post.
Please keep it up
(or if you can't keep it up
wedge it in....)

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 7:28 PM

Bump - didn't want to miss anything! Hope you're all having a great time. I'm so jealous!
Karen

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 10:09 PM

Wish we were there too. Celebrated the day by watching the DVD of "In Bruges" tonight. Lots of death and lots of (canal) floating in that film.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 5:34 AM

Are you being intentionally morbid Ken????
There are NO BODIES floating anywhere!!!!
I forbid it ! ! ! !

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:29 AM

Me? I'm not the one who calls it a "Death Float!"

Ok, but I wasn't first. Or second.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:46 AM

Meanwhile, back in Dallas, going on the 21st straight day with triple digit high temps....
(Oh, that's nothing, really. In the summer of '80, it was 30 days straight. 114 in Fort Worth. 124 in Granbury. And it ain't no dry heat.)
Instead of death float, it'd be boiling float here.
Sigh...........jealousy, night and day you torture me....

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 10:04 AM

Wow! I can't believe that nobody has beat me to the update of the Float .... Geez ... where to begin?

I want to leave the telling of the story to Lodi who is so good at it, but for the moment, let it suffice to say that we had an absolutely amazing time. It was SO much fun!

The scenery was stunning, the river was placid (well except for the occasional "rapids" -- more on that later), the sun was out some of the time, the company was entertaining, and the beverage coolers never got emptied completely. Any time you get a bunch of Sploofusers together, the fun will begin. You think we're fun online? Get together in person!

I wondered if we would have enough to talk about in a Float that Lodi estimated would take 8 hours, but we definitely never ran out of things to say. And, despite an action packed day that included sunburns, head bumps, wardrobe malfunctions, inebriation, getting stuck on a rock, getting stuck trying to get into the raft, and being away from our computers and Sploofus for an entire day, we escaped relatively unscathed.

Lodi's husband, Scott, was wonderful as the leader of the 'support' team who would show up on the bank of the river from time to time to see that we were all still intact and having fun. He did fail to bring us more Mike's Hard Lemon Aide, but we're giving him the benefit of the doubt since he may have misheard our request. And the truck drivers and drivers of cars contributed to our fun by honking and waiving as we floated along.

It was a hoot to meet Sploofusers that I have only talked to in the ShoutBox and in PMs. And, it was fun to reaquaint myself with those who I had met in Chicago.

There is definitely a quiz or a WordPuzzle in this story somewhere! LOL

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 10:34 AM

We definitely missed those who wanted to come but couldn't.

We made up for it by talking about you. Bwahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa!

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 11:36 AM

Knew my ears were ringing for a reason!!

Glad to hear you all had a wonderful time!! Who got burnt? Since Ken wasn't there I have no clue...

Me.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 11:59 AM

Let's talk about who *didn't* get a sunburn thanks to her liberal applications of SPF 30 sunblock ..... Smokie.

The rest of us got various doses of sunburn depending upon how much sunblock we applied and when we applied it.

John's face was quite red, so although they are both Tony Stewart fans, they look like Hoosier fans with their red & white motif. John was red. Donna was ivory.

The 'wedding' photos will be wonderful if we can ever figure out how to upload them. The bride was beautiful in her orange Smoke20 NASCAR t-shirt and orange floral wraparound shawl given to her by Consuelo (Luvnmsun). The groom was handsome and dashing in his matching orange NASCAR t-shirt.

Lodi, of course, was brilliant in her delivery of the touching ceremony.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 12:02 PM

Where are the rest of those slacker Floaters? Still sleeping? Hung over? Forgot to bring their laptops?

What addicted Sploofuser forgets a laptop on vacation???

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 12:05 PM

It truly is a stunning vista of beauty here. I have been in total awe. The float was large fun. Getting in and out of the boat was a challenge for me at first.......I finally just learned to fling myself at the side and roll out. When we got back last night, the first thing that I did was shower......the sand INSIDE the bathing suit was just too gritty to enjoy having it on my body much longer. I did lay down to take a nap at 7:45 and woke up at 11:30 ... said oops and got up and put on my gown and went back to bed and did not budge until 7:30 this morning. So much for being a party animal. I have taken lots of pictures. I will try to get those loaded to my computer sometime Monday or Tuesday. If you want to see them, you will have to pm me and send me your e-mail address. I have had such a good time. It has been a delight to meet everyone in person. Have a great day. We are getting ready to go to the fish hatchery!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 12:25 PM

Katy - come to the Best Western before 10:00. We are hauling all the crap out of the rooms and are meeting up to go to the fish hatchery.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 7:16 PM

> John's face was quite red, so although they are both Tony Stewart fans, they look like Hoosier fans with their red & white motif. John was red. Donna was ivory.

With that color scheme, no wonder Carl Edwards won today.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:22 PM

I'm just taking a break. Randy is asleep in the recliner behind me, Smoke, John, Randy's husband, Embee, and Jeannarie are sitting out on the patio talking with Scott. We are all laughing and having a great time. Most everyone is sunburned.

This morning I took everyone to the fish hatchery and we saw the steelhead and chinook salmon that have come back to spawn, and then I took them to my high school so that they could indeed see that I am a Maniac.

I'll write more later when I'm not being the hostess with the mostess.

or something.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:32 PM


Thank you for the updates, folks. Sounds like you're all having a ball!

Susan

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 9:32 PM

I'm there with all of you!!!

Just want to hug you all...congratulations Dear Donna and John...and Lodi...thankyou Soooooooooooo much!

Kisses

Sun

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 9:46 PM

She indeed was the "hostess with the mostest". I made it to Spokane....I am right across the street from the airport so I can just trot over there in the morning (well, trot may not be the exact word that I am looking for) and catch my 9:30 a.m.flight. It will be another long day....I don't land in Dallas until 6 p.m. central time........that is if that wonderful American Airlines does not screw me around again. They are also on my list.....right up there with AT&T.

Will get to the pictures first thing Tuesday morning.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 10:11 PM

Use Firefox and the photo uploads will work

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 10:59 PM

I've tried Firefox, don't work for me there either.

smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 7:47 AM

Figured out the picture issue.....apparently the tags on that never got changed once beta was done away with because it tries to open beta.sploofus.com not just sploofus.com Maybe Justin can tweak that so that the pictures might work again. Nothing will upload for me either and I suspect it's because of the whole beta thing in front of the sploofus.com


smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 5:42 PM

Bumpity bump bump.....come on someone fill us in on the Death Float....please. Some of us have to live vicariously through others posts.

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 8:08 PM

Still waiting...surely you have all recovered by now?

Or is the party still on? Inquiring minds want to know!

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 8:13 PM

I found the Best Western in Orofino on the Google Maps Satellite pictures...did you guys float in from the northwest or from the southeast? I can't tell which way the river runs from the map. Where did the float start? Where did Smokie's ceremony take place?

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 8:16 PM

Watch out for Heidi on the bluff with the crossbow.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 8:53 PM

lmao Smaug

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.4 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:22 PM

....dueling banjos playing softly in the background...

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:31 PM

Interesting that Oogie has "dueling banjos" playing in the background. That was definitely a Float topic.

I'll look at the map to see if I can answer your questions since Lodi is still busy. I was all turned around, though, so I'm not sure that I can help.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:32 PM

http://tinyurl.com/5jes2m

Okay, see if you can access the pictures from this.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:36 PM

In the pic with all of us...from the left Marsha, Embee, Jeanne, Lodi, John, Randy, Phred, Katy, Ed and Smoke.......I am now off to bed. It was 60 in Portland this morning......arrived in Dallas to 105. That sucked big time.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:40 PM

Great pix, Marsha! I can't believe that you saved them from your soggy camera.

How *is* the camera, BTW?

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:47 PM

Pics are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing - they popped right up. (Like I wasn't jealous/envious/sinful enough already! Instead I was in that 105 Dallas stuff.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.6 - Posts: 5083)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:52 PM

Thanks for the pics. Looks like a great time was had by all.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 9:53 PM

Great pictures, Marsha! Breathtaking - beautiful scenery. I'm glad you all had a great time and I look forward to reading about your wonderful time when you have all recovered.

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 11:37 PM


Ummm, Hows about a Death Float user's group? A good time can be lived vicariously by all

:D

Just a thought...

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 11:38 PM



er...Sploofus Group...

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 4th Aug '08 11:57 PM

""".from the left Marsha, Embee, Jeanne, Lodi, John, Randy, Phred, Katy, Ed and Smoke..."""


er....screennames?

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 1:05 AM

""".from the left Marsha, Embee, Jeanne, Lodi, John, Randy, Phred, Katy, Ed and Smoke..."""

1mks, Embee, Jeannarie, Eesusbejesus, John (Smoke's Hubby), Oldcougar, Phred, Koota, Ed (Oldcougar's Hubby), and Smoke

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 1:23 AM

Awesome pictures!!! ... so wish I was there

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 1:43 AM

Gotta go sob in my beer now.

I'm SO envious...looks like you had a GREAT time.

SOB....

Me.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 4:42 AM

Thanks so much for the pics Marsha....they are great
Scenery looks a lot like BC in Canada.
Am I mistaken or has there been a lot of clear-cutting
in that area as well????
Also - looks as if you all had seperate "tubes"????
I'm definitely be at the next get together, jealous as Hell

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 6:11 AM

Looks like y'all had a great time. I hope I can join you sometime in the future. What fun!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 7:54 AM

Thanks for the photo posts and for identifying who's who! Looks like everyone had great fun, and the scenery, of course...you can't beat it.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 11:39 AM


Some Sploofus float day highlights: Isn't it funny that you can plan something months ahead of time, and the day before the event, it can be almost 100 degrees, and the day after the event, it can be almost 100 degrees, but the day of the event, it decides to cloud over and be semi-crappy? Well so goes the float. The morning looked threatening with dark clouds but the weather report promised a semi-sunny day so we forged ahead. Embee and I loaded coolers with ice, refreshment, and food, just in time for Scott to arrive with the rafts. We all caravanned up the river and after tying five rafts together with 6 floating coolers and one in-raft cooler, we put on the water. We by-passed the first beach because everyone thought it came up too soon. I didn't say anything, just gave everyone the stink eye behind my sunglasses. Every now and then, the sun would break from the clouds and we would all cheer. I taught everyone the "tradition" of floating, where the cars up on the highway would honk repeatedly and once they did, we would all raise our hands in the air and yell "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" It was a little shaky and uncertain the first few times, but you know what? These sploofusers were pretty impressive. They caught on so quickly that often times, we would be in the middle of conversation, a car would honk, everyone would WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and then go right back into conversation. I was proud of them. Some of them even started soliciting honks, but I can't post the details of that here.

We came to the next beach, and by then, several of us were in need of the toilet facilities so I finally got them to stop. We sat on that beach and laughed, and talked and laughed. Its important on the float to stop at the beaches and hang out. The sun still was only cooperating a blink at a time so we still weren't as warm as we had hoped. This particular beach shall now be known as "Wardrobe Malfunction" beach. Thanks, Katy, for the extra honks. After some drinks and some snacks, we were on our way. The group got to learn about back-eddies, where water will actually flow upstream, and how much fun it is to row yourself out of that. With 5 rafts tied in lump (3 in back, 2 in front), and 5 of us with oars in random places in the rafts, coordination was difficult. Refreshments may have contributed at this point to the coordination issue. We also learned, first-hand, what the term "butt-up" meant. I would see the rock coming, and I would yell "butt-up!!!!!" and invariably there would be one slow learner in the group and you would hear "OWWWWWWWW!" as someone didn't quite get high enough in the air. We started getting into some of those class 3 riffles you've heard tell about. The sploofusers rode those riffles like troopers, with the occasional screech from the dousing of water, to the OWWWWWW of the random butt-meets-rock incident. But mostly all you heard was hysterical laughter as we rode the riffles out and then a recounting of how we made it through, how your raft took the worst hit, and who was going to be sporting a bruise by morning.

We stopped at another beach and had another potty break and some snacks. This is the diving board beach and I was dismayed to find that the local teenagers had replaced the diving board with a trampoline. At this point, it had become apparent that embarking and disembarking from the rafts had become a challenge for some, and no one could be convinced to try the trampoline. (Buncha cowards) Jeanne did have a nice dismount from her raft, which was scored highly by our judges, but pulled a Greg Louganis and hit her head on a rock. She got a lump and we watched her closely. Katy, being a fitness instructor, was the closest to a medical person that we had, so we put her in charge, checking pupils, etc. Jeanne appeared fine so we once again pushed off and went on our way. The next was the rope swing, which Jeanne had promised to go on, but couldn't because of her head bump. No one else wanted to try so I gave them all the stink eye behind my sunglasses. At this point, we were greeted by Scott, Ed, Connor, & Rylee up on the highway. The sun had decided to cooperate so after just going through some class 4 riffles, and experiencing the exhaustion of riding those waves and recounting it, we all settled back into our rafts, and enjoyed the sunshine and let the lazy current take us down.

Now you would think with the ginormity of the combined IQ on this trip, we would have all known that cloud cover doesn't mean you can't get sunburned. So we may have not used as much sunblock as we needed to. More on that later. For we are now approaching some serious class 5 riffles and now that we are pros, those of us with paddles are paddling furiously to make sure that the other rafts went down first. Which was mostly ineffective and all we did was beat the water to a froth. It was right as we were hitting these riffles that Embee looked over at one of our regular coolers sitting in a cooler float and said "Oh, the bungee cord is gone from this cooler." (The bungee cord holds the cooler into the float). I had just enough time to say "Hold on to the cooler......." when we hit the rapids. They were a doozy and wouldn't you know that cooler bounced right out of its float. Pandemonium hit. There were screams, outrage was expressed, and a couple of us almost went overboard. There was beer in that cooler! Its impressive how many intelligent people will talk to in inanimate object. “Come on baby, don’t sink, you can do it, that’s right, just come to Mama.” Those of us thrashed hard upstream, and it seemed like one of those bad dreams where everything turns to slow-mo but wouldn’t you know it, that cooler floated right into my outstretched arms. The mountainside went up in cheers. The cooler was returned to its rightful position in the cooler floaty tied to Maribeth’s boat, and we continued on our way, each of us recounting our version of events and laughing.

We eventually floated into the dead zone. A big area in the river where there is a tunnel cut through the rock where the train used to go through. The water there is so deep, that it is rumored to have entire cars of a train submerged in it from a wreck years ago. The water flows upstream in that particular spot and trying to get 5 rafts and 7 coolers through this spot took all of our rowing efforts. Thankfully for us, Ed, Scott, and my kids were on the side of the river and let us know repeatedly that we weren’t going anywhere. Those kinds of things always help when you are frustrated and tired. But this particular spot had a huge osprey nest and we could see the babies sticking their heads out of the nest. We were concerned about the mama or papa osprey who could swooping down and yelling osprey cuss words at us, which I believe translated to “get the hell out of here or someone is going to lose an eye.”

Part 2 below

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 11:39 AM

We made it through the dead zone and headed for the last and worst set of riffles on our trip. We didn’t know it yet, but in about 60 seconds, we were about to experience a life changing event that would bond us all for life. We were approaching the bottom of our riffles, all giggling like little school girls when I saw it. I yelled (perhaps too late) “ROOOOOOOOOOOCCKKKKK!” We had been so careful to try and avoid big rocks but this one snuck up on us right at the time when we had let our guard down. There was no time to row around it and the best we could do was “butt-up.” (It’s amazing how something that sounds so ridiculous becomes instinct at the end of an 8 mile float.) We heard the first set of rafts scraping over it. That would be Donna & John. They went slightly over the rock, while Randy and I hung up directly on it, and a couple of the other rafts were just hanging down on the up river side. We all screamed, we all thrashed and got wild eyed waiting for the crash on the other side of the rock but……it was like the Matrix and everything got all slow-mo again, and we just……..stopped. All of our rafts, coolers, and lives were hung up on the biggest rock in the river. After the initial screaming stopped and everyone realized we weren’t going anywhere, the hysterical laughter set in. Well, for some of us. Okay two of us. Because neither me nor Randy are quite right in the head, apparently. Maribeth hung on to that cooler like it was a newborn baby, and everyone else just looked around, helpless. The water was rushing around us swiftly, the beer coolers were at risk, and we were high centered. Oars were pointless.
I think its because we were following the Lewis & Clark trail, and, in a way, re-enacting the historic event, that had really brought us together this day. Imagining those so important to our history, stuck on this rock, and yet they made it through, may have given us all strength to do what needed to be done in this situation. In tandem, we all started rocking. And wouldn’t you know it? Inch by inch, those rafts start scraping across that rock and by god, we were actually moving it. We rocked back and forth, back and forth, until the rock finally relented, and set us free. We cheered loudly, and as had become our custom, recounted our experiences while trapped on the big rock. Someone deemed that rock “Sploofus Island” and we all felt even that much closer.

The last beach of the float was occupied by a bunch of teenagers so we stopped at a little sandy spot right before it and renewed vows with John and Smoke. We were all so bonded and relieved to be alive during our Sploofus Island near-death experience, that the things these two amazing people said to each other brought tears to our eyes. It really is inspiring to see these two together and I am honored to have been part of it. And doubly honored that Donna and John chose the place & experience that I love so much to renew their commitment and love for each other. We all mentioned Smaug while on that little beach and have forever deemed it “Ginormity Beach.” Smoke’s pictures will explain that later.

We loaded back into the rafts and floated the few hundred yard back to the take out site, where Scott & Ed were waiting to load our rafts back into the pickup. I remember how touched I was, looking at those sunburned sploofusers from all over the U.S. and Canada, who came to share my world with me. I will never forget it and I hope they were all glad they came

Those who were unable to be there in person, were there in spirit, and we mentioned many of you, and raised our drinks often in your honor. . I encourage more sploofusers to find their “Sploofus Island.” We shall always think back on that and smile.

Oh yeah. At one point, I threw my head back and laughed, and lost my sunglasses. Another pair of gd sunglasses sacrificed to the river gods. But that is another story. Well several, actually. I will write more later on our other experiences and I’m sorry I’m so late in getting this in.


pafork
Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 11:47 AM

Thanks for the photos Marsha. It looks like you had an awesome time - everyone looks so happy!

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 12:46 PM


Great pictures, Marsha! Also, wonderful commentary from Lodi and Katy. Still waiting to hear from the rest of you!

Wow! Count me in as green-eyed. Incredible scenery, grand company, deep bonding, flowing refreshments, near death...what a fabulous experience for all of you! Sploof on!

Susan

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 1:13 PM

What a great narrative, Lodi. I think I now know why you call it the "Death Float"
It made me feel like I was there....except dry.

I'm still trying to imagine Lewis and Clark saying to each other, "Butt up!"



jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 2:43 PM

Lodi, how often do you and your family do the death float?

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 4:01 PM

I do the death float usually twice a summer. Its usually with my friends from Alaska. I have done it twice with my family but Scott doesn't like it because he's lame.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 4:26 PM

Is Death Float '08 #2 still on for tomorrow...Thursday?

smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 4:53 PM

LOL Wonderful commentary Lodi!! That was absolutely hilarious and I wish we could have been there. It sounds like you guys had a blast.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 5:59 PM

Lodi, that is the longest post I've ever seen here without my name in it.

We go on the Delaware a lot but I'm a canoe guy. I like to swerve from side to side and go see cool stuff. I also bring a snorkel mask.

I found out that you can drink 20 Coors Light in a day on the river and not get drunk. Unfortunately, I drank 23 and had to lie in the back of the Pathfinder the whole way home.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 6:20 PM

Butt up!

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 6:32 PM

Thanks for telling more of the Death Float tale. Reminds me of canoe floats on the St Croix river, along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, during high school and college. I believe I discovered that 20 cans of Hamm's beer ('the beer refreshing") might not get you drunk, but the renal output could sink your canoe.

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 7:02 PM

Thanks for the pics Marsha! Looking forward to more, the rest of youse...

Lodi, always the good hostess, gave me a great view...sigh...more more! Now everyone help! Details, details...tails or butts up, I don't care!

Miss you all!!! Beem boring without you!

Hugs to those still there!

Sun

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 7:12 PM

when I lived in the bay area, we (a bunch of nurses) used to canoe down the Russian River in Sonoma County once a year. We called it "women in the wilderness" which was a joke since we were loaded down with coolers full of "essentials". Depending on the rain that year, we either had some white water or we had to actually get out and drag our canoes in places. Loads of fun, thanks for the great travelogue too!

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 7:23 PM

Lodi ... that was a hilarious description of our journey. I laughed all over again!

I wanna do it again Thursday. Maybe I'll take the day off work.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 8:28 PM

Me too.......today was such a bore. Ben forgot to do the laundry while I was gone.
Sad news.......I have blisters on my arms.....waaaaaaaaa............they were worth it.

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 9:24 PM

Thanks so much for the pictures and the retelling! What a great pleasure to see and read! You guys are the best. With the aid of the pictures, I get "butt up" perfectly. Sure wish I had been there. How lucky you all were to share this experience with each other. Please....more...


rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 11:09 PM

When you were discussing the "dueling guitars"
was that when you were talking about Smaug????

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 11:14 PM

oooops...."dueling banjos"

Thanks all for the wonderful blow by blow accounts of the trip.
Looking forward to more news AND pics of the Wedding.
Did Donna have a white dress????

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 2:08 AM

Just a note to say I'm home, safe & sound Not quite sound, had to leave a day early 'cause my @#$%^&* rash came back. Had the most amazing time & I was the sober one. Lodi showed us a wonderful time & it was so much fun to meet everyone face to face. Definitely available for Death Float 2009. Ed & I enjoyed the whole trip, saw some beautiful country, met some beautiful friends. So sorry, more couldn't be there, but we felt you were there in spirit. I even had a glass of champagne to toast missing friends
Lodi took us on the short-cut from her place in Moscow over the hills to Orofino. I'm calling it the Death Drive!!!! Up a huge hill, on a narrow back country road with no guard rails & quite an unobstructed drop into a canyon, over the top & then down a equally steep hill. View was spectacular but if heights bother you, you might want to give it a miss. Nearly had to change my panties
Sadly, I have to report that some people in the group, may need glasses. Grace Kelly, my fat fanny Maybe, now that she's been dead for years.
I'll try & post some more tomorrow, after yet another trip to the ER. Fingers are just too puffy.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 2:26 AM



lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 2:36 AM

Thanks for all the funny posts and great pictures. Sorry I missed the good time but I got to spend the weekend at a Braves game with my grandson. I'm counting the days until Death Float 2009.

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 1:15 PM

I can't see the pictures, despite already having a logon with Snapfish - it just says it's not available in my country! How can I get to see? Pretty please?

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 1:24 PM

I was able to view the pictures the other day, now when I go back in to see them again I only get a Demo album to view.Don't know what I am doing wrong.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 2:09 PM

I can't get to the pics either, just keeps sending me to Snapfish. Bummer

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 2:22 PM

Randy, I just sent them to you via e-mail. Let me know if you got them okay.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 3:59 PM

I'm hanging out with Embee right now. Everyone is gone, we've cleaned up (sorta), and we are just making a list of things we need to do before our float tomorrow. Yep, we're hitting the water again as soon as my friend from Alaska gets off the airplane.

Its a rough life.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 5:04 PM

SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND BITE ME!

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Wed, 6th Aug '08 5:17 PM

Oooh! A double whammy!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 7th Aug '08 1:08 AM

Marsha....
Are you saying ``Bite me``to Lodi because you`re jealous
Or to the people like me who can`t get in to see your
beautiful pics anymore????

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 7th Aug '08 2:22 AM

To Lodi, Rowlanda. I could forward Marsha's e-mail to me, if you want, it worked. Thanks Marsha, they are lovely pictures

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 7th Aug '08 3:51 AM

Oh damn, I just posted a long winded description from my point of view & it didn't work. I'll try again tomorrow

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 7th Aug '08 6:31 PM

Some Canuck ramblings on Death Floats & Idaho
I loved
- meeting some of my favourite Sploofus friends
- giggling endlessly
- the Death Drive or a view from the edge (scared the bejesus out of me, that’s where Lodi got her name from, I think)
- floating down the river, both the white water (just small rapids, really folks) & the lazy parts
- Merribeth/Embee for being so apologetic for losing the cooler, when it clearly was not her fault. She nearly went in herself, which must have been scary for an almost non-swimmer. She laughed in the face of adversity & is bravely floating down again today
- Jeanne/Jeanarie for being such a trooper after getting bruised & contused. She took a lickin & kept on tickin & drinking her wine & laughing.
- Katy/Koota for entertaining us with her faulty clothing & claiming “That’s what I get for only paying $12 for my bathing suit”. She didn’t even blush, why should she, great figure.
- Phred/Fred for being such a gentleman & helping all the ladies embark & disembark from those unstable rafts & for putting up with us
- Big John for paddling til he hurt to get us out of the rapids & in line with that errant cooler & being a hoot.
- Coleman for making coolers that can float, though it had a terrible list. I wasn’t looking forward to diving in the rapids for the bottle of Irish Cream (that’s what you get for bragging that you’re a real water baby).
- Lodi’s hubby Scott for entertaining my hubby Ed, while I floated. Just two strangers who happen to both work in the logging industry & love hunting, fishing & drinking beer. I haven’t a clue what they found to talk about.
- Donna/Smoke20 for being Donna, what more can one say. Thank you so much, for allowing us to share your wedding. The bride was beautiful in orange (lovely scarf, Sun) & the ceremony was too.
- Marsha/1Mks for being so danged funny. Everyone was teasing her about her Texas drawl, except me. Oddly, I could understand every word she said (I like Westerns). She took it with grace, smiled & said “BITE ME”.
- Those who shall remain nameless, who were willing to “Show us your tits”, if any of the honking truckers yelled that out. Sadly none did. I guess those guys have pretty good eyes & could tell we weren’t young bathing beauties.
- Lodi’s children for entertaining us with a great version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. Connor plays a mean guitar & Ryley has the voice of an angel. We all might be hearing those two on the radio some day.
- Lodi/Easusbejesus for being funny, friendly & crazy enough to invite a group of near strangers into her home. I thought I would die laughing when she & I high centered on Sploofus Island. BUTT UP. I escaped without even a bruise, Lodi neglected to moon me later, so I don’t know if she did too. Lodi dear, you are one in a million.
- The State of Idaho for being so incredibly beautiful & having excellent road signs. You’d be hard pressed to get lost there. We came back home through Washington & I-90 had only Exit numbers, which weren’t on our 2 maps. Naturally, we missed our turn & ended up taking the small State Hwy #23, through the amber waves, right up to road side. Hardly a soul on it & saw some interesting rock formations, a couple of lovely little churches & many old, interesting farm buildings (saw many similar sites in Idaho, too). We then crossed Hwy 2 (the road we were supposed to be on but have turned off onto Hwy 395 earlier) & went up Hwy 25 which snakes along the Franklin D Roosevelt Lake (Grand Coulee Dam) through pine forest finally joining up with 395. We were trying to get back to Canada quickly as my rash was back & my arm all swollen, so we didn’t need the extra time it took but the road less traveled was well worth it. I recommend anyone who hasn’t been to this part of the USA to make the trip & don’t just travel on the big interstates.

The only part of the trip I didn’t enjoy was being forced to leave a day early because of my damned arm. I’m now on some new meds & will be in prime form & ready to go for Death Float 2009.

Thank you all for helping Ed & I have such a great time


koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Thu, 7th Aug '08 9:18 PM

Update.

Ok. I didn't blush becuz I didn't think they actually saw anything. I must have miscalculated!

NOW I'm blushing!

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 7:34 AM

I saw nothing. On the other hand, there WAS someone else who flashed the truckers.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 8:46 AM

I saw EVERYTHING, but I'm still too tired to post the pics.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 7:18 PM

Who flashed the truckers? Was it you, Marsha?

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 7:27 PM

Yeah, right......I am real big into that. Nope NOT me.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 7:44 PM

There goes my chance to run for public office.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 11:03 PM


The first and most important thing I want to say about our fantastic vacation is a gigantic, heartfelt THANK YOU to Lodi and Scott and their wonderful family for their warm and generous hospitality. I've absolutely never felt more welcome or comfortable in any home that was not my own. Our dear Lodi truly is the "Hostest with the Mostest." She's my hero in so many ways.

It was a joy to be the first to arrive, and to be there with Lodi to greet all the others as they arrived in ones and twos over the next couple of days. The company was increasingly merry and familiar (beverage may have been involved), with our shared stories and experiences spanning most of the human emotional spectrum, but tilting persistently toward hilarity. The food was fabulous (Scott rocked the steaks and I still want that salad recipe - and the guac was pretty good if I do say so), the libations were liberal (who knew beer and clamato juice was delish??); the last of the hot fudge malts from Ferdinand's lasted all the way to Moses Lake, and the first words from the friend who picked us up at the airport were "Did you bring me cheese?" I guess I should be brutally honest and admit the cheese was half the reason for the trip - they won't ship us any more until cold weather so we had to go get some. I'm eating some right now on TownHouse whole wheat crackers. Best damn cheese ever. EVER.

The Clearwater River lived up to its name, as you'll see when I get the pictures sorted and posted. Be patient, there are 400 of them, I haven't seen them all myself yet. The few times the sun came out while we were on the river, you could see all the way to the bottom at any depth, which turned out to be deceptive when Jeannarie did a gorgeous backflip off the side of the raft that would've gotten huge style points if we hadn't been in a foot and a half of water. That was a scary moment but the river handled us gently for the most part, except for those who unwisely skipped the sunscreen, and Jeannarie's failure to "butt-up" in time when we got hung up on Sploofus Rock. We could've gotten off it much faster if we hadn't all been weak with giggles and using most of our muscles not peeing in the boats.

Which is not to say that boats weren't peed in. Marsha sure was diligent about warning everyone to wash the peaches and apples from her boat in the river before we ate them. I didn't actually *see* Marsha pee in the boat and I wouldn't swear that she did, I'm just telling it like it happened, only Marsha knows for sure. Ah, well, if you can drink clam squeezin's in your beer, what's a little pee in your peaches?

The Best Western Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino was a delight, and seemed a terrific value to us, being used to Florida hotel rates, for a stunning facility with comfy, attractive rooms right on the pristine river; balmy bug-free nights with open windows and the chuckle of the rushing water; impeccable, unintrusive service and a delicious full, fresh breakfast for just over a hundred bucks a night - well, I don't know about the rest of our world travelers but that just knocks my socks off.

The beauty of the Northwest was a revelation (even to me, who lived there briefly long ago), a visually ravishing rejuvenation for the spirit. We got there just as the wheat was turning, and I took away a golden vision that will remain with me every time I hear America the Beautiful for the rest of my life. Little bitty hairs are standing up on my arms even typing about it; that's always been my favorite patriotic song - I like it much better than the one with all the rockets and bombs and glare, and it's a helluva lot easier for the average person to sing. It was impossible for us to go on a motoring tour of Idaho and Washington without thinking of the words. John, who had never been west of the Mississippi, was enthralled. Not two hours ago he said to me, "My body is home but my head is still there."

tbc...

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 8th Aug '08 11:35 PM

Just beautiful, Donna! I'm all tingly. Well that, and jealous as heck that I couldn't be there. So glad you all had a blast!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 9th Aug '08 12:37 AM



I just sent my last sploofuser home. I put Embee on a plane in Pullman and came home. I can't believe its over. I would feel completely abandoned if my friend from Alaska weren't here and I didn't have a house full of birthday party kids (kill me now).

Thank you all for letting me share all the things I love most and for trusting me to take you on that float, where no one actually knew what was in store. My cheeks are still sore from grinning and laughing.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 9th Aug '08 6:06 AM

When we left my house and headed down to Orofino and the river, we did pass fields of golden wheat that were actually waving in the wind, just like the song. Embee pointed and said "Look! Amber waves of grain!" I then took everyone over a mountain and let Donna stop and take pictures of the valleys below, and then dropped her down onto the river. When we pulled up to the hotel, she got out, and with tears streaming down her face, hugged me, kissed me on the cheek, and managed to whisper "thank you." I just hugged her back and told her she was welcome, with a big lump in my throat. Even though this is my home, I am moved on a daily basis by its beauty.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 9th Aug '08 7:18 PM

Oh WOW....
Thank you all for sharing so much and making the rest of
us feel as if we were there---loved the humour and the fun
including the BUMPS and falling out of the boat---Randy
was probably still drunk when they got lost....

But - most of all I loved the descriptions of the scenery
and am awed by the lyricism and your ability to make me
see what you all saw....feel what you felt.

My jealousy has been replaced by the pure joy that
seems to have been felt by everyone there....
What a Wonderful idea you had Lodi. Thank you.


embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 12:08 PM

I was just taking a trip down memory lane and thought some of you old timers might want to join me.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 12:16 PM

Damn, I'd like a replay and NOT have delayed flights...........sigh............

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 12:20 PM

Fun times though. I know I would have liked more time width you there.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 1:38 PM

You nearly gave me a heart attack, MB. I thought that there was *another* Death Float that I had somehow not been invited to! *Then* I saw a post from Eesusbeejeezus and thought, "LODI IS BACK!". But, of course, she isn't.

And, we wouldn't be having a Death Float in March. Too many ice floes to dodge.

It was still fun to read the posts all over again.

Lodi should quit her job and become a writer.

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 2:28 PM

She is a wonderful storyteller, isn't she?

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 3:38 PM

I remember this, I wanted to go to this, but I didn't have the free time to drive to Idaho or something. Cool!

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 6:56 PM

Nostalgia

I'm FB friends with Lodi/Easy, I'll show her this.

She was fun on here. As was Chickbref. Chased off by the censorship police, I believe.

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 11th Mar '12 7:26 PM

More laughing, less Super Nanny. This site could use a double shot of espresso like Lodi and Chick. I'm very thankful for my friendships with them.


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