Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Going Overboard

While we hate to lose a good coffee pot and First Aid kit, we sure are glad we're from the South so we can say "tump."  It is purely a southern thing to tump a canoe.  If we were the Yankee Rivers Canoe Club we would accidentally "upset" our canoes or turn them over or something.  Down here, you don't even tump over...you just tump. 

"If you're etymological"...tump comes from the British word tumpoke which means to fall head over heels.  We prefer to think it's a combination of "tip" and "dump."     In fifteen trips, we have not had a whole lot of tumps, and so far nothing really hairy or in dangerously cold weather.  It doesn't even seem like the water has ever been dangerously cold, but that could be a matter of perspective.

Kirk had the first ever RRCC tump.  On the Duck River in the Spring of 2005, partially excused because of an immminent thunderstorm.

Tim tumped on the lower Buffalo.

We don't have any specific examples to cite to, but it seems like Phil tumped all the time.  Until he started stowing away in the bow of other people's canoes.

Big Swan Creek was one big tump-fest

Stuart and Jack were the last to tump.  Within sight of the take-out on the Duck last fall. 

Tumping is why we don't put all our beers in one basket.

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