Have you looked over the Higgins bridge lately? That’s Brennan’s long-awaited Wave down there, or part of it anyhow, covered with pretty people zipping around in bright plastic boats at all daylight hours, like ducks, only better looking. It’s just lovely.

And though we possess neither particularly good looks nor kayaks, we wanted to play too. That’s why we bundled up in neoprene last snow-threatening Saturday and took an ill-suited canoe and a worse-suited inner tube out to the river to test drive Missoula’s latest and greatest addition to the life of the city.

Those of us in the canoe filled the tub with whitewater and subsequently sank the boat in an eddy downstream. Yup, it was cold. The one of us in a tube made the run twice, flipping the second time down. That was cold too, but we were warmed by the cheers of bystanders watching what the record will show is the first descent of Brennan’s Wave in an inner tube. It was a glorious day.

We don’t get to use this space often enough for kudos, but kudos to the memory of Brennan Guth, his dad Doc Dave, the Missoula Whitewater Association’s Trent Baker, Missoula County, Envirocon, and the hundreds of boaters and do-gooders who contributed time, money and energy to getting the wave built. Thanks. We love it. And we’ll see you out there.

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