|The rope throw|
|Pinned down by water|
|On it's way up!|
The tires were on in no time at all and I headed to the Park office to sign those papers. I saw Barry while I was there and asked about getting the sign out of the river. I told him I had time to kill and could do it right then. He got the maintenance supervisor and he told me he'd meet me there at noon. They looked to be a couple of muscular men so I thought they would be able to handle hauling it up the 89 feet to the bridge.
I paddled down and pulled the sign from it's hiding place. The boys threw down a rope and I tied many, many knots making sure the sign would not come loose on it's journey to the top. I told the boys to pull and they did. But the sign just flopped into the river and was pinned by the water. Ah well... I waded in and tried to pull it out. It wouldn't budge! While feeling around for purchase I found a 1 inch hole at the top of the sign. I ran the loose end of the rope through and then using my weight on the rope slowly pulled the sign up and free. I yelled at the men to pull again while I held the rope end to keep it from swinging into the middle of the river. They were able to suspend it half way up when I saw they had tied it off. They had to call in 2 more men to help with the job.
My part being done I hopped into my kayak and surfed Triple and then hit up Donut Hole. It was low but fun! I walked up, changed and went to thank the men for getting it out. I found out they had only gotten it as far as the bridge and couldn't get the legs past the bridge. They had a forked branch they were trying to push the rope with. I moved the branch down low under the chain link fence and stood on the branch to hold the sign away from the bridge. The sign came up and we rocked it over the fence and onto the bridge. High fives and smiles all around!!
Everything happens for a reason...I'm glad I got the flat tire on Friday! Without that (bad) event the sign would still be in the river!
|This is one BIG sign!|