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In late August, the five of us took a brief end-of-summer vacation to our family cabin in the Ozarks.Peter, Teddy and I were able to take an afternoon canoe trip on a Monday, when nobody else was on the Niangua River.Goldie wasn’t quite ready for her first river experience at (almost) 1 year old so she and Amy stayed behind.The boys and I had an awesome time.The river is fed by Bennett Spring, so the water is wonderfully cool on a hot day.If there is a breeze, there is a natural air conditioning effect that takes place as the wind pulls cool air off the water.There was plenty of time with complete silence, where not a car or airplane engine to be heard.Just the soft dipping sound of my paddle in the water.I was the only one paddling for 7 or 8 miles.Turns out 2 and 5 year old boys are eager but unreliable rowing partners.

The beauty of the river was breathtaking.There were several points where it looked like a mirror reflecting the lush greenery that embellishes the rolling Ozark Mou…

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