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2017: Year In Review

29 Dec

2017 was a good year for paddling, even though we seem to be slowing down a bit in the number of miles we do per year. The best part about this year was taking my niece and nephew on their first overnight trips, and getting my sister Emily into kayaking a bit more. We had a stretch of warm weather early in the year and got to paddle the Eleven Point in the winter for the first time. The epic flooding in May tore up many of our Ozark streams and drastically changed parts of familiar rivers. DW did the MR340 this year, though we did not document it on the blog. He came in 9th in the Men’s Solo Kayak division, which is pretty damn good for someone paddling a stock plastic kayak!

Here’s a look back at 2017.

Float Stats

Number of trips in 2017: 16

Number of rivers floated: 10

Miles paddled: 223

Best critter sighting: A snake eating a fish on the Jack’s Fork

Best bonus prize: 2 cheap kayak paddles found on the Jack’s Fork

 

Best Photos

My favorite photo from each trip on the blog this year.

Bourbeuse River

Bourbeuse River

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Courtois River

Courtois River

Big Piney River

Big Piney River

Mulberry River

Mulberry River

Mulberry River

Mulberry River

Jack’s Fork River

Jacks Fork River

Jack’s Fork River

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

Eleven Point River

North Fork River

North Fork River

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

Current River

Current River

 

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2016: Year In Review

30 Dec

2016 was a little slower year for us than usual. DW started a new business in the last quarter of 2015 and that took up a lot of free time this year. Even though our float count and mileage was just a little below average, only 5 rivers were new to the blog this year. That is not enough! Yesterday DW and I pored over our Missouri Paddling Guide and targeted some new areas for us to explore in 2017. So expect lots of new content next year! I am also going to change up the format a little bit. For floats that are repeats to the blog I will be doing a short description of the day and a couple photos. Enough to keep the blog active with content, but not a full trip description as I do with new stretches of river.

Here’s a look back at 2016.

Float Stats

Number of trips in 2016: 20 (5 of them new trips posted to the blog)

Number of rivers floated: 11

Miles paddled: 281 (82 new river miles)

Best critter sighting: Razorback Hogs on the Buffalo River

Best bonus prize: A cooler containing 1 craft beer on the Black River

Best Photos

My favorite photo from each trip on the blog this year.

Meramec River

Meramec River

Buffalo River

Buffalo River

Black River

Black River

Big Creek

Big Creek

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

 

2015: Year In Review

30 Dec

2015 had a lot of high water and a lot of floating opportunities. There were the usual floods of spring, and then another dose in June & July, and now it’s flooding again in December! This year I only posted floats that are new to the blog. So out of about 30 float trips, 16 of them were new stretches of river, which is a pretty good amount. This year brought new whitewater adventures, a rotator cuff injury for me, and lots of planning, scouting and paddling to prepare for the National Speleological Society convention in July.

During the week-long convention we met cavers from all over the US and took many of them floating on some of our favorite Missouri rivers. We did 7 float trips in 6 days with an average of about 30 people each trip. It was a great experience and we were stoked that we got to introduce so many new people to the awesome paddling Missouri has to offer.

After the convention we slowed down a bit and spent some recreational time on our favorite rivers (most of those trips were not new). This year was also the first floating year for our dog, Ocoee. He was a very nervous float dog at the beginning of the year, but by the fall he was jumping out of the boat and swimming on his own.

Here’s a look back at 2015.

Float Stats

Number of trips in 2015: 31 (16 of them new trips posted to the blog)

Number of rivers floated: 14

Miles paddled: 342 (184 new river miles)

Best critter sighting: Elk on the Buffalo River in Arkansas

Best Photos

My favorite photo from each trip on the blog this year.

Meramec River

Ocoee on the Meramec River

Osage Fork

Ocoee rides the back of my boat on the Osage Fork

Osage Fork

Ice on the Osage Fork

Buffalo River

Elk on the Buffalo River

Buffalo River

Ponca bridge on the Buffalo River

Mulberry River

Jake paddling on the Mulberry River

Mulberry River

Stopping for lunch on the Mulberry River

Missouri River

Dramatic skies on the Missouri River

Gasconade River

Falling Springs shoals on the Gasconade

Gasconade RIver

Flooded waters on the Gasconade

Gasconade River

A beautiful day on the Gasconade

Roubidoux Creek

The cornfields are drowning on Roubidoux Creek

Mississippi River

Citra Ass Down on the Mississippi River

Big Piney River

A perfect day on the Big Piney River

Lady Bird Lake

Congress Bridge on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX

Mississippi River

Choppy waters on the Mississippi River

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

2013: Year in Review

30 Dec

2013 was an exciting year for us with many new stretches of river and a fun trip east to float some whitewater. Here is a look back at all we did in 2013.

Float Stats*

Number of trips in 2013: 33

Number of rivers floated: 20

Miles paddled: 411 (almost 100 miles more than last year!)

Best critter sighting: 2 muskrats on the Big Piney

Best bonus prize: Length of barge rope found on the Mississippi (it’s now our dogs’ favorite toy)

* these stats do not include DW’s MR340 trip

Best Photos

My favorite photo from each trip this year.

Big River

Big River in January

Mississippi River, Commerce Rock

Commerce Rock, Mississippi River

Courtois Creek

DW on Courtois Creek

Big River

A cloudy day on the Big River

Little Piney Creek

Easter weekend on Little Piney Creek

Huzzah Creek

A log jam portage on Huzzah Creek

Charlie runs a rapid on the Mineral Fork

Charlie runs a rapid on the Mineral Fork

Big Indian Creek

Floating the flood on Big Indian Creek

Meramec River

Meramec River

Flood rapids on Huzzah Creek

Flood rapids on Huzzah Creek

Current River

Current River

Council Bluff Lake

My niece Celia’s first float, on Council Bluff Lake

Jacks Fork River

Boats resting on the Jacks Fork

Gravel bar camping on the Big Piney

Gravel bar camping on the Big Piney

Current River

Upper Current River

Huzzah Creek

Upper Huzzah Creek

Meramec River

A tranquil August float on the Meramec

Me, Cynthia, DW, Chris and Jake rafting the Ocoee River like champs!

Me, Cynthia, DW, Chris and Jake rafting the Ocoee River like champs!

French Broad River

Jake and the Biltmore hotel on the French Broad River

Rafting the Pigeon River

Rafting the Pigeon River

Me shredding the gnar on Double Drop, Tuckasegee River

Me shredding the gnar on Double Drop, Tuckasegee River

DW paddles the falls on the Nantahala River

DW paddles the falls on the Nantahala River

Me and the Smoky Mountains, Fontana Lake

Me and the Smoky Mountains, Fontana Lake

Meramec River

Meramec River

Salt River

Salt River

A large Northern Red snake on the Eleven Point

A large Northern Red snake on the Eleven Point

Beachcombing on the Mississippi

Beachcombing on the Mississippi

Autumn on the Meramec

Autumn on the Meramec

Meramec River

Meramec River

Winter floating on the Meramec

Winter floating on the Meramec

2012: Year In Review

31 Dec

2012 was a great year for floating despite the hot summer and persistent drought. We floated many great stretches of river and were joined by lots of good friends. Here is a look back at 2012.

Float Stats

Number of trips in 2012: 30

Number of rivers floated: 10

Miles paddled: 316

Best critter sighting: 5 Otter on the Current River

Best bonus prize: Red milk crate (DW uses this crate to haul trash every trip)

Best Photos

meramec river

River Fuel – Meramec River

Meramec River

Hamilton Hollow Trash Cleanup – Meramec River

huzzah creek

The Narrows – Huzzah Creek

Buffalo River

Easter on the Buffalo River

DW, Charlie and me

DW, Charlie and me at Wappapello Lake

Meramec River

Eaglets in their nest – Meramec River

Meramec River

DW at Bruns’ Bridge access – Meramec River

North Fork

North Fork River

Bryant Creek

Bryant Creek

Meramec River

DW and his trash barge – Meramec River

Current River

Powder Mill access – Current River

Gasconade River

Riddle Bridge – Gasconade River

Meramec River

Pacific Palisades access – Meramec River

Eleven Point River, Mary Decker Shoals

Mary Decker Shoals – Eleven Point River

Current River

Current River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Meramec River

Juvenile Bald Eagle – Meramec River

Current River

Current River

Big RIver

Big River

Big River

Approaching the old mill in Cedar Hill – Big River

Big River

Private Dam at Byrnesville – Big River