7/24/16-7/25/16 North Fork of the White River, MO. Hammond Camp to Sunburst Ranch www.sunburstranchcanoe.com, just below
Blair access. More to come.
We'd planed this trip for a couple of weeks, Kelli's shoulder was feeling good enough and it was time for us as a family to get on the water for an overnight!
I returned from a three day outing with work on the North Fork and was informeed that Sophia's friend, Jollea had called during my absence and she was having a sleepover B-Day party the same night of our canoe outing, Bummer! Sophia chose to attend her good griends party with the promise that she would attend the next canoe outing.
I was a bit bummed, but I get it, she's ten and she's only seen her best friend a few times this summer. Yet I see the clock ticking and time going by, each adventure missed with her is an opportunity for our family to connect that has been missed.
The best thing that happended to come out of this is a chance for kelli and I to spend some time together unplugged. During our time together we discussed goals for the family and ourselves, and we addressed some parenting approaches that will help our daughter be the best she can be. It was good to spend time chillin' and plannin'.
We decided to camp a couple miles downstream from Hammond, just past blue spring. It's a nice gravel bar , but we'll have a few miles tomorrow. We listened to thunder throughout the night and into the morning, but no rain and the skies were clear. It was super HOT. When we woke, a dark cloud was moving in and making some noise. We stayed ahead of the threat and the thunder disipated before we got on the water. Overall I had a blast with Kelli, even though she caught the most fish.