"Where's our slot?"
"I think on the right."
"Line up a little left."
The canoe approached the first drop on the Boise River below Barber Park and my wife and I couldn't find the line. Usually we go center right but as we approached the lip of the drop, there was a nasty piece of the diversion sticking up. We narrowly missed it.
The Boise River run from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park is always a good warm up in our tandem whitewater canoe.
The Rogue is beefy enough so that if you make a mistake, it plows through anything. The Boise River was running around 1,400 cfs, which is still a little high. Normal summer flows are about 1,000 cfs.
Anyway, we survived a practice run with the golden retriever knocking us off balance on every eddy turn and peel out.
The Boise River is an ideal place to brush up on your river canoeing skills. You can easily portage the diversions if you want. There are enough eddies and little riffles to keep you on your toes.
NO LIFE JACKETS
We're always in the minority on the Boise River wearing life jackets. It amazes me how many people run the river without flotation.
What really gets me are the macho dads and moms who don't wear PFDs. They put them on their kids but don't feel the need to wear them.
If one of the kids goes out of a raft or tube and mom or dad has to swim and save them, it's going to be chancy.
The river is 48 degrees, which will sap your strength. The rivers currents are strong and will take you into the brush where you're going to need flotation to keep from going under a log or something else.
Anyway, if you reach the youngster, you're going to have to keep them afloat and out of danger and that's all going to be compromised because you're not wearing a life vest.
A life vest is insurance for you but it's also insurance if you have to go after someone else.
File photo of canoeing the Boise River by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman