Showing posts from September, 2018

Horse flies

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 t