“A successful team beats with one heart.”
— unknown author
“My friend Gary has a permit for the Yampa River, and I’ve heard that it’s really good. Would you like to try a river trip?” I asked my girlfriend Mary.
“That sounds like fun,” she replied. “What will I ride in?”
“I have a two-person kayak, and the river starts out really easy, so I think that we’ll do just fine. It’s a really fun boat to paddle, and you can jump on a raft if you get too scared.”
We had only been dating for a few months, and she had never been on a river trip before. But she agreed to try, and we met our friends at the launch site.
The Topo-Duo is a two-person kayak that is great for teaching beginners the basics or allowing someone without any experience to enjoy Class III thrills. The paddling techniques are similar to guiding a two-person raft and require a team effort, but kayaks tip more easily than rafts, and the larger kayak is difficult to roll back up. They have often been called “divorce boats” because a lack of teamwork can jeopardize the health and well being of both partners.