Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Oh, be JOYful!!! I'm in Colorado!

I made it out to Colorado and my truck is still running like a scalded dawg! Kansas is so big and flat, but seeing the Rockies rise up in the distance was worth the drive. So beautiful!

The first stop was Lake Creek, where I watched my brother, Tommy, Pat and Jules run some huge rapids at high flows. It was beautiful there and the river was very impressive. It was fun to be hanging out with the boys, too.

Next stop was Oh Be Joyful. I really can't believe I have not been here before. It was one of the most beautiful places I've seen. We ran into lots of the Green River crew from Asheville when we got there. What a small world it is. This was the first time I have paddled with Tommy since last March, over a year ago. It was so fun to see his smiling face on the water. I kept looking around, and everywhere I looked it was sunny and beautiful! I love that place.

John, Tommy, Pat, Jules, Scott and I paddled the river once the afternoon we arrived, and then twice the next day before leaving for Tommy's house in Glenwood Springs. That makes it the 10th and 11th day of kayaking since finishing chemotherapy. Scott and I have now paddled in California, North Carolina and Colorado in the same week. That is definitely a first for me.

That night, we went to see a friend huck his meat off a 500 foot drop in Glenwood canyon-base jumping! wow, I have never seen anything like that before. The next day, he hucked his meat off a 800 foot drop in Rifle. I got vertigo for him, just watching. Amazing!

I am heading to Vail tomorrow and I am going to kick off the Boof Against the Odds challenge there at the Homestake race on June 1st. I am really excited to be out here paddling, and raising money for a good cause. Robin and Stacy will be joining the crew in a little more than a week. I can't wait to have the entire Dirtpatch out here in full force! We are hoping the water holds out for California. If not, we may be heading North.

We are still in need of pledgers to sponsor me per mile of river I run this summer after beating down cancer last year. All donations and pledges go to First Descents and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. If your interested in pledging, log onto www.simplelifeadventures.com and send us a pledge form.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Great Pics!, Is that Jimmy Hopper "hucking his meat?" Outformation played a show @ Zydeco 2 nights ago 5/31. I hung out with April, Mazzi, John, and the whole crew. It was great. We talked about you.

I am so homesick for Colorado, but alas,........ I'VE BEEN INVITED TO SIT IN AND JAM WITH THE GREATEST BAND IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD (widespread panic of course) @ RED ROCKS AMPITHEATRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on either June 22, 23, or 24th!
Outformation will then be launching a west coast California tour in July so please check our website and maybe we can cross paths and ya'll can come shake it and boogie and have a whoopin' good time and get your face melted off. We'd all love to see you anyway since we are your biggest fans! We also play Crested Butte on 6/30 if you are still there.


Ya'll tear it up today! It's a big day! (everyday is a big day)

Don't go changin"

Love you,

Jeff Lane