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August 13, 2010 / Kelvin Jasperson

Floating down the ice-laden river (of death)

Not too long ago we decided to float down the Provo river with some friends. Two words: Cold. Freezing.

The idea was good. The execution was perfect. The weather could have been better. Maybe that’s a mis-statement.. the weather should have been better.

We rented some cheap-ish tubes for $10 a piece from UVU and hauled them up the canyon ourselves, instead of renting it from those people who set up camp right along the river, mostly because of cost.

Tubes on cart

The other people we went with decided to buy their tubes outright at Big-O-Tires in Provo. Some were a little lopsided and none of them had the sweet covers that we had (see picture below), so overall we had a better experience (!) but it worked out just fine for everyone else. Unfortunately we were not the only ones on the river that day.  It was not as busy as I had imagined, but there were still a good number of people floating down with us: Families, couples, scouts, you name it.. they were there.

The sun was out, birds were singing, kids were smiling and the sound of beautiful rushing water filled our ears.

Just before...

That was the good part, standing outside in the sunshine, that is.  The very second we had all entered the water something terrible happened.

Okay, that picture might be a little bit of an exaggeration but as soon as we started our better-not-turn-back adventure on the ice-laden river some clouds came and covered us. Immediately.  These clouds didn’t go away until after we had finished the float and were leaving the canyon.  We were already cold from the water and with no sun to heat us up, it made for a somewhat miserable trip.

Clouds...

Thankfully Jilleun and I had each other.  Although, I will admit that I abandoned the JR ship a few times because her arms were not long enough to properly steer the tube away from the walls and other dangerous objects..  I saw that a crash was imminent and I didn’t want to go down with her.  Call me what you will, I was just trying to save my own skin!  After she got mad at me for ditching her to the rocks a few times, we linked tubes and I stuck with her the rest of the trip.. and saved her for the rest of the trip.

Thanks to Grandhi for the great cloud picture and Brent for the “everyone” picture.

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3 Comments

  1. Natalia / Aug 13 2010 9:57 PM

    Glad to hear you made it out alive… you do have all 10 fingers and 10 toes still attached, don’t you?

  2. kelvino / Aug 16 2010 6:08 PM

    Yes, yes we do. Thankfully.

  3. Krachel / Aug 19 2010 11:07 AM

    I am so glad you blogged about this because it’s something we’ve really been wanting to do. Sounds like a good time – despite the clouds. :)

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