The river surfers uniform. Most of the river surfers wear a helmet, and a flotation device of some kind. There's boulders under the water and the helmet can save you if you're violently thrown against one. And if you're knocked out the flotation device can help keep you above water.
It's good to be back with the family again, especially to get a good home-cooked meal instead of what I fix for myself.
Some small things happened on this mini-vacation that may be important for the future. I found two new boondocking areas in Buena Vista. One right next to the Arkansas River. And another a little higher in altitude, which means a little cooler on these hot summer days.
I would use either of these boondocking areas again if the need should arise, and there was a third boondocking area about 2 miles from the one I stayed at Sunday night, which I never got around to checking out. So it was good to know that there are three nice boondocking areas within about four miles of each other, all three are only about two or three miles from town, and all three are run by three different government agencies, both federal and local. Since they all have two-week stay limits, you could move every two weeks and stay in Buena Vista for a month and a half. I don't need that benefit, but it's nice to know it's there if a need should arise.
I also discovered that one of the boondocking areas I stayed at in Tincup had a much better cell phone and Internet reception than I've ever received in some of the other boondocking areas I've visited in and around Tincup. I had passed by this boondocking area many times before, but I never stayed there until this trip, so I never realized how good the Internet was in this one area.
I didn't search for boondocking areas in Salida because there's a Walmart in town, and it's always so handy to have a place to spend the night AND load up on groceries.
But now I'm back in Denver, and it looks like the hot weather is over for at least the next ten days since it's supposed to be in the mid-80s instead of the mid-90s. But I still have memories of the cool mountain air that kept me in a long sleeve shirt during the day and sleeping under a down comforter to stay warm while in Tincup.
But some of the "experts" wear neither helmets nor flotation devices, considering themselves to knowledgeable, to skilled, and most of all, to cool to take such safety precautions.
But something they all ware is wet-suits. even though the Arkansas River has had some time to warm up since it first left the mountains, it's still darn cold, and these river surfers spend a lot of time in it.
When I lived in Miami as a teenager I used a wet-suit top when I was spearfishing and skin diving during the winter, the ocean water being too warm for a full suit.
A lot of folks think that a wet-suit keeps you dry, which it doesn't. A wet-suit traps a thin layer of water between the wet-suit and your skin and it's the water and the installation of the wet-suit that actually keeps you warm.
I noticed that silly hats were popular amongst the river surfing experts. a newbie wouldn't dare wear a silly hat because he would look....silly.
But if an expert wears a silly hat it shows that he's a good enough river surfer to wear a silly hat and still be cool.
But sooner or later every river surfer gets "flushed'', it's just a matter of time. This guy is right on the verge of getting flushed, but at least he seems to have a good attitude about his impending flushing.