2014: Year In Review

30 Dec

2014 was not as prolific for float trips as past years, due to a busy work schedule, a very cold winter (we didn’t start floating until March) and construction on our house. However, we still managed to get out on the water plenty. We actually floated more miles than recorded on this blog, but some trips had been blogged too many times previously, so I didn’t count them. Our main goal for 2014 was to float new sections we hadn’t done before. Twelve out of our twenty trips this year were new, so I think we achieved our goal!
Here is a look back what we did in 2013.

Float Stats

Number of trips in 2014: 20 (12 of them new to the blog)

Number of rivers floated: 12

Miles paddled: 228

Best critter sighting: Trumpeter Swans on Lake Itasca

Best bonus prize: Water gun, found on the Big Piney

Best Photos

My favorite photo from each trip this year.

DW floats through an obstacle, backwards

DW floats through an obstacle, backwards – Big River, MO

Meramec River, MO

Meramec River, MO

The group stops at Green's Cave - Meramec, MO

The group stops at Green’s Cave – Meramec River, MO

Looking out from a cave - Jack's Fork River, MO

Looking out from a cave – Jack’s Fork River, MO

Train crossing - Elk River, MO

Train crossing – Elk River, MO

Flat Creek, MO

Flat Creek, MO

Little Piney Creek

Little Piney Creek, MO

Big Piney River

Big Piney River, MO

Eleven Point River

Turner Mill Spring – Eleven Point River, MO

Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca, MN

Mississippi River

Upper Mississippi River, MN

Mississippi River

Looking upriver at the dam – Mississippi River, MN

Mississippi River

Caught in a downpour – Mississippi River, MO

Two Bald Eagles watch from a tree - Niangua River, MO

Two Bald Eagles watch from a tree – Niangua River, MO

Meramec River, MO

Meramec River, MO

Illinois State Champion Cypress Tree, 1000 years old - Cache River, IL

Illinois State Champion Cypress Tree, 1000 years old – Cache River, IL

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2 Responses to “2014: Year In Review”

  1. ranschwords December 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM #

    Absolutely a pleasure, and I loved every one of those trips. Randy Schuppan

    Randy

  2. Mandy December 31, 2014 at 5:47 AM #

    Beautiful photos! I love reading about your trips. Looking forward to reading more in 2015!

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