Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

A Great Day at Work

Yesterday I got to experience one of the fringe benefits of my job. I got to spend the day rafting down a river. I looked back in my LJ posts and saw that the last time I did this was 2 years ago. That sounds about right. I didn't do the trip last year because I wanted to let some of the noobs in the office get the experience. After getting shafted time and time again over the past year, there was no way in hell I was going to let this experience slip through my claws.

Like I posted 2 years ago, one of the reasons I was invited to go was because it is through MY river operation strategies that the rafting community can have reliable flows throughout the Summer. I bend over backwards for these people. Well, the Bureau of Land Management, who manages the recreation on the river, appreciates my efforts and wants managers to know that recreation is an important part of how we manage water. On the one paw it does my ego a lot of good in that my efforts to please as many water users as possible is recognized by some people. On the other paw it seems that these kudos never make it to the ears of my managers, so they just assume that I'm some huge lazy fuck-up. Well, that's the way I feel. I keep things running so smoothly that I'm virtually invisible. Unfortunately I only hear about the bad and never the good. *shrugs* It's these little events, however, that let me know that my efforts are appreciated and acknowledged.

So I got paid to float down a river with incredible scenery and just enough whitewater to get the pulse a little elevated. This is about the 4th time I have done this trip over the past 11 years, so I am getting used to the experience. I noticed I was a lot more calm on this trip even with 50% more water flowing than last time. The standing waves were a little bit higher, but the odds of hitting a rock were a lot less. I laughed at the hole that dumped me several years back. I plunged straight into it and came out unscathed but much wetter. Many small tributaries and arroyos flowed a couple of days ago during our big rain event. That meant there was a lot of sediment deposited on the banks. When someone "complained" that they sunk into deep mud at our lunch spot, I just HAD to go over and see how bad it was *snerk* Oh my! I sank up to my knees in mud! *murrrs* *coughs* Oh. Was that TMI? *grins*
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