It was supposed to be a fishing trip. But when we heard someone’s canoe had capsized just a bit down the river, we (I speak as the queen) decided to first try to help. Fortunately, the king (as I see I must refer to my husband) is both a very hands-on problem solver and keen on keeping me comfortable on these excursions.
The man on the river bank who told us about the canoe was one of a couple of men who had helped the panicking canoe owner out of the frigid river. If we understood correctly, the victim wasn’t wearing a life jacket and had questionable swimming skills. He basically thought he was going to die.
With the Snake River in full spring mode and a chilly 59°F, anyone can be forgiven for panicking under those circumstances. He was, however, gotten ashore in a timely manner so that he was strong enough to drive to look for official assistance retrieving his canoe. We never met him.
It took us about 30 minutes to tame the canoe, which seemed to have absolutely no inclination to stay upright. I have condensed that into about 3 minutes in the video.
We continued on with our fishing and lounging in the May sunshine for a couple of hours. When we returned, one of the rescuers was still there and told us the sheriff asked him to tell us thank you for our help. Not a bad day’s work, but, again, I speak as the queen, who may have helped prepare the rice and green peas, but didn’t have to clean or cook the fish.
PS – One of the reasons we went out on the Snake River along that section was to get a look at our new property from the river… if you want to know more, sign up to be a Dream House Eyewitness!