cherish every moment with him, even if it means finding another paddler and letting him ride princess. My father passed recently, and until his final day paddling and fishing were his favourite topics of conversation, his last paddle was 6 years ago at 85...I ran the St. John river again this past May with my father and 22 others. Although a great group of people I find that paddling solo is what I prefer, however, I will never pass down a trip with my father but those opportunities are winding down. I like the ease of planning, traveling and paddling at my own pace on solo trips. Solo paddling is like stealth paddling and I have always encountered an abundance of wildlife while paddling solo, while not so much (or any at all) with group trips. Too much jibber jabber.