Thursday, July 01, 2010
Carrie and I took a couple of days out of the week and went for our first official company-wide float trip! We get asked all the time about our company name, and while I wish there was a more clever story, basically, we just like canoeing a lot, and then we liked how "1canoe2" sounded.
It's been several years since Carrie and were in a canoe together, and it was exactly what the doctor ordered! We camped the night before and were on the water before 9am.
Southern Missouri has some really great floating rivers, but the best in my opinion are in the Ozark Scenic Riverways National Park. We floated the Current, which is completely springfed, meaning that the water is completely clear, even when it's 15 feet deep, fairly fast moving, and COLD. Every time you pass another spring, the water gets cold again.
We floated 10 miles or so, and never saw another boat of people. Heaven! It was one of the nicest days of the summer so far (83 degrees) and so we didn't swim as much as we normally might have. Great weather for camping, but a little chilly for jumping in 60 degree water!
We saw lots of turtles, and 3 cranes.
There are several great floating rivers in Missouri. Unfortunately, a lot of them are full of partying rednecks on the weekends. I think the Current River tries to keep that to a minimum. It also helps that we went on a Tuesday. All in all, it's a relaxing experience. It really felt like a breath of fresh air in the middle of the week!