Friendship may be a responsibility more so than an opportunity. Lots of people want to ride with you on a batteau, but what you want is someone who will help find a solution when the boat is going under (paraphrased quote from Oprah Winfrey). The captain of the Lady's Slipper Batteau reminisces about a disaster avoided because her friend finds a solution when the boat may go under! The James River is extremely high during festival week proving to be a challenge for crew of every batteau to remain safe and afloat. Her narrative is filled with excitement, humor, relief and heart warming friendship.