Guide School Ends on April Fools Day
We just finished our 2006 Oregon/California guide school on April Fools Day after a week of rain and boating. Our Oregon crew reports a good time, cold weather, some great new friendships, lots of boating, and a great April Fools Prank.
One of our younger students, Mack, came to us with a serious cold and a 100 degree fever which he failed to mention to us until our third day on the Rogue. His parents called the office a number of times worried about him, but we had nothing to report as he was in the wilderness for five days. Mack was fine and it became an inside joke of the guide school to continually ask him "How ya feeling" as we were all concerned and nobody could stop asking him for an update.
Mack's dad came to pick him up from the school the last night and Mack thought it would be a good time to play a joke on him. So we bandaged Mack up with an arm sling and head bandage and came up with a great story about a boat frame falling on top of him. When his dad showed up, Mack told the story with a straight face while the other trainees and guides were biting their tongue.
Mack and his dad left our guide house with plans for the emergency room. It turns out that Mack kept the joke going until his parents were on the phone talking about shoulder surgeons. A fun ending (for some) to an epic guide school.
Our next guide school will be on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon from May 28 to June 6 and is almost full.