An Adventure to Remember (Part 1)
In the Missouri Ozarks, outdoor adventure is close at hand. One need not go far to find vast stretches of public lands owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation or the U.S. Forest Service.
Additionally, the Ozarks is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful and pristine rivers.
Few people attempt a multiple-day trip on our Ozark streams. Most visitors take a one-day float trip and enjoy the water and their noisy friends.
A multiple-day trip takes a good deal of planning and good execution to ensure a fun, safe an relaxing trip. Tempers often flare on one-day outings as sun and fun and mishaps along the way stress participants, unaccustomed to the rigors of the outdoors, to the max.
The importance of selecting a good float camping partner for a multi-day trip is key to your enjoyment of the adventure. I felt particularly fortunate recently, to make plans with longtime outdoor writer and photographer Ron Kruger to spend four days floating, camping, hunting and fishing along the Meramec River.
Kruger and I both are closer to 70-years-old than we like to admit. Combined, we have well over 100 years of outdoor experience under our belts. Not many outdoor buddies can make that statement.