5 years ago

• I have always had a love for water, and yearly my husband Ryan and I plan a short getaway to take a summer float.

Over the last few years it has become quite the battle in our house whether or not we should take our children floating with us. Ryan believes that by putting them in a canoe with life jackets, we’re good to go.

For me, I have been in a canoe with him, I have been floating with him, and I have been in a jon boar that ended up upside down in Lake Girardeau, so I am not too keen on the idea of spending the day on a river with him and the kids. (Becky Davenport)

• A trip in August on the Big River was billed as a beginner-level trip with fairly slow-moving water. The Big River is a tributary of the Meramec River. Like its sister tributary, the Bourbeuse, the Big River is generally slow.

So it was a pleasant surprise to find the river faster and higher than usual because of heavy rains the night before.

10 years ago

• Smallmouth bass are arguably the most incredible fish of all the bass species. Their strong, muscular, copper-colored bodies coupled with fiery wild red eyes cause anglers to call them handsome. Add to the mixture the incredibly beautiful habitats where smallmouth lurk, and you have the ingredients for the perfect outdoor adventure. (Bill Cooper)

• This morning (May 7) I completed my part in the gobble study being done by the Missouri Conservation Department. It was an eight-week thing, during which I discovered a number of things, including a fairly profound thing about the moon. (Bob Todd)

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