Divorce Boat in the Grand Canyon

“A successful team beats with one heart.”

— unknown author

John and Mary running “Satan’s Gut” with a divorce boat in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado river.

“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.”

Mary swimming in one of the incredible tributaries of the Colorado River.

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.

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