Yeah, Htmb, that was written back when I was using a jamaica (Hibiscus sabdariffa) photo as my avatar.
I'm wondering if it's time for a change of avatar.
Something I notice in this thread, but don't know if it applies to all the guys on anyport or not ~~ We women all seem to have our avatars set as near as possible to the 100x100 max size the forum format allows. The men use the avatar space much more conservatively. Well, Mick's cricketer is 100 high, but it's a very narrow picture. Kerouac's froggy is tentatively occupying more space, whereas I think HW's jeep is down to the default 65x65.
And we can't include Htmb in this micro-survey, because she is nekkid.
Bixa, I've gone to North Georgia and done some white water rafting a few times, but I'm at a point in my life where I much prefer the calmer water of scenic rivers and lakes. Plus, on a large lake I have found that the water can change constantly with the wind and weather. A smooth paddle out, just might be turned into a (usually fun) battle with the wind on the way back. I live about an hour equidistant from the Atlantic and the gulf, but my favorite thing to do is paddle a couple of hours up one of our little rivers and then enjoy the float back down.