One of the things I love about kayaking is the names given to rapids, holes, waves, and rocks on the river. Names like Two Four, Phil’s Hole, Screaming Beaver and Pillow Rock come to mind. On our local river, we have paid homage to specific people in our club. We have “Kurt’s corner” (named after one of our club founders, Kurt Schlee) and “Steve’s Hole” (named after the, at least, 3 Steve’s that swam out of it).
I am proposing naming an upstream eddy at somewhat high water after myself. It is on the Grand above the Chute. At high water, it is a slow down spot to take stock of the situation and a staging spot to run the rest of the Chute. At slightly above summer flows, it is a place to rest before surfing above the Chute. If I’m in that eddy, I’m happy. That is why I propose to all of you, that it be named Cathy’s Happy Place.
I’m not sure if anyone has had an eddy named after themselves. I don’t want to have stitches or a nasty swim to have a feature named. I want everyone to be happy.
Here is what I don’t want.
Jokes made about ‘how many boats can fit in Cathy’s Happy Place.’ Comments made about ‘how difficult it is to find Cathy’s Happy Place.’ Younger boaters who only stay for a moment in Cathy’s Happy Place. Worse yet, they play beside it doing loops and cartwheels. Respect, please.
This is a work in progress. If you have comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
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