Originally Posted by uncle crud
only if the sole is worn through at the arch, so that you can get arch bruising within your first 3-4 steps in the rocky stream bed!
Which also makes them great to swim in when you go in over your head.
Many years ago, I had just finished my masters and was trying to get into the pH.D. program at University of Tennessee. I was hoping to study under David Etenier who is a guru of fish taxonomy/biogeography. Most folks kown him as the man who "discovered" the snail darter. Anyway, as a kid of the Late 70 and 80's, I had many pairs of Chukie T's in my arsenal (In fact there's a picture of my feet in them in my high school yearbook....) Anyway, I was taking some classes trying to get my face/name known in the fall semester. One of these way ichthyology with Dr. Etenier. I'll never forget our first field trip. I showed up in my Chuck Taylors and Dr. Etenier just smiled (he was a child of the 50's). All the other kids (much younger than me) looked at me puzzled. We did a couple of seine pulls and then Dr. Etenier looked at me and says "Ya know, we need to do a downstream pull on the cut bank of the far side of the river. Lonnie, do you want to help me?" "Sure", I replied. So I waded across this fairly nice (big) riffle and Etenier said to me, "I'm gonna be the anchor. You stay as close as you can to the bank, and what ever you do, don't let the seine come off the bottom. OK?" "O.k." So we started working down the bank. About 40' in, WOOSH!!! I'm swimming. Etenier is just laughing. Total set up. But the seine never came off the bottom. I was breast stroking with one hand with my other hand on the top of the seine about at my waist. I made it back to shallower ground and we finished the pull. A "Good job" and a towel greeted me on the far bank where we were sorting out the fish. Had I had on hip boots or waders like most of the other students, I don't know if I would have been as lucky. Etenier always said, Lonnie has the best field shoes ever made.
I think that was the day I first heard the phrase "Well, aquatic biologists, get wet."
Etenier was a cool dude. One of the highlights of the year wash when the "fish lab" would host the "dead animal party". The whole purpose to the dead animal party was to eat as many different species of animal as one could in a single night. As you can imagine, copious amounts of alcohol were involved. There was a theme every year. For example, 10 an 20 blackbirds baked in a pie, where they went out and shot a bunch of starilings (being the invasive species they are), but pretty much every everything you could think of was on the menu. Lots of stuff was bought Chicken, beef, pork turkey etc, but lots was fished/hunted too. Trout, bass, bluegill, catfish, ducks, rabbits, squirrels, deer, even the stray opossum showed up one year (I heard unconfirmed rumors that that one was actually road kill) The farther the night went along the more adventurous things got. Kinda like a bad episode of fear factor.....
I met my wife over Christmas after that semester and the direction of my life changed. But I'll never forget those good times being dirt poor and living in "K-town". Thanks for letting me hijack and reminisce.