Topic: Murphy would have been proud
Sometimes plans just fall apart. For months some friends and I planned a float trip on the John Day river in Oregon. With drought conditions and water levels falling quickly on the JD, we went to a back-up plan and floated the Buffalo River in Arkansas last week. We knew the water level would be a little low and temps would be hot but planned do a week-long float, only covering about 5-6 miles each day while fishing, make an early camp and supper, then play music around a campfire until the early hours.
The first day went as planned, the temp was about 96 deg F, too hot to build a fire, but after supper I played guitar and one of my paddling buddies (John K Victor - local artist and musician) wailed on his harmonicas. The next day changed everything - water was so clear I couldn't tell if rocks were 2 inches or 6 inches under the water. I banged into a subsurface rock, knocked a hole in my kayak and took in about a gallon of water every ten minutes for the rest of the day, having to stop every half hour to empty water out of my SOT (sit-on-top kayak). When we finally stopped to camp, I made temporary repairs to my boat with shoe goop, we ate supper and settled in for a little river-side music. Again it was too hot to build a fire. But the biggest surprise came when I pulled my guitar out of a dry bag and opened up the case - the intense heat had loosened the glue and string tension popped off the saddle. In all my river trips that never happened before! The rest of the week was spent fishing, bailing, and trying to endure the heat, but no music playing.