Damn, it’s December already. Seven Springs is open and seems like a lot of folks will be shussing it down the mountain soon. I know there are a ton of folks out there still boating in this freezing slush stuff, but I guess I’m just getting a bit lazy in my old age. There is something inherently nerve- wracking for me in ice water. Not to mention the fact that the mere sight of a drysuit gives my bladder the uncontrollable willies.
Chrizzee Zeltner’s Light-Up Night may have been minus some temperatures and jello shots, but the fireworks more than made up for the slight discomfort. I believe we were all a hell of a lot warmer than the street strolling crowd. Thankfully, there were no swims. I understand that in prior years, several SEA kayakers flipped and swam, testing quite a few folks’ rescue abilities. I think I counted about 35 whitewater kayaks, canoes and sea kayaks combined ... not to mention the several paddlewheelers in attendance. Excellent evening! Martin Wick even had the foresight of finding a free parking opportunity and it was kind of legal even. I’ve got to listen to that guy more often.
2006 seems to be gearing up to be a really cool year for the TRPC. That is, if the elections were any indications. Bill Schwab is the new V.P. and programs are already lining up for the first quarter. Dates for the Slip Clinic and Turkey Bash are set. We had to take the only dates available from the Cheeseman’s to reserve Betsy’s Barn. Their catering and event business is taking off like a firecracker. Benner's Campground had only one weekend available to accommodate our group and we set that in motion too. Hopefully, the Tom Irwin’s schedule to cook will be able to fit. I don’t want to think about what happens if he can’t cook.
“She who must be obeyed” has given me her permission to be Prez again for a year….then I must retire. I guess that makes me a lame duck officeholder and an even lamer paddler. Membership information indicates that our numbers have been declining. Of course, I will shoulder that blame and face the consequences. I attribute it to the humor impaired.
It would seem that the TRPC and its members are at the forefront of some access issues. Please make note of the missive from AW Executive Director, Mark Singleton. The efforts of Charlie Walbridge, Barry Tuscano and Barry Adams are not going unrecognized, nor unappreciated. I hope more folks take advantage of the Club Member Discount with AW as well. In this day and age, river access is getting goofier and goofier. The efforts of AW become all the more critical to our passions.