Friday, September 9, 2011
Small stream paddling on the Loutre River, Montgomery County, MO. Sept 5th, 2011
So why did I continue to portage and move along the river? I call it "Commitment to the paddle". What else was I going to do that day, anyway? Sit on the couch and watch other people be physically active? I had told myself I wanted to explore this river. I guess I get it from my military experience or something. Seems like when you set out on a trip, you need to go all in...or don't go at all!
One of the rewards was the satisfaction of the trip. This was a river I have been eyeballing for several years, always thinking "man, I would like to see what is up the river." The second reward was getting on a bunch of fish towards the end of the trip (most were small, but I caught more than 10!). I feel like it was a good day to get up on this river due to the wind anyhow. If I would have been on, Horseshoe Lake, Illinois, for example, I probably would have had to "surf" the kayak back to shore. Rivers and streams are much nicer on windy days.
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If you ever want to know the difference between a stream and a river, the Loutre will help you to define the difference between the two. It is a stream for sure!