We know this stretch of water very well, it makes it easy to pack up and go knowing the amount of time it takes to paddle from put in to take out, but even on a familiar stretch of water the changes in the gravel bars and foliage is notable. This year a certain type of grass seemed to engulf some of the areas we usually camp and we found an area that I wouldn't consider "prime" but it was enjoyable just the same.
Our daughter really enjoys the act of camping. She has the routine down and acted on her own this year to gather wood and break down the smaller sticks, setting them up for the beginnings of a fire. She likes paddling now and prefers to do some of the work in bow of the canoe. Telling scary stories at night and wondering at the stars still puts a stamp on the outdoor experience. I hope she continues to enjoy these adventures as much I do!
We are lucky to have so much access to beautiful waters. Solitude can even be found on some of Missouri's most used waters in the off-season, luckily I think this is the best season.