One Saturday, I went with a friend to go tubing down the Current River. We met about 11 a.m. at The Landing in Van Buren, Mo., off of highway 60.

Now, I am used to the Eleven Point River with its natural, primitive features and less people. But boy oh boy, was I shocked.

The local police department there was parking vehicles in the field above the Landing and parking lot area. There were hundreds of families and friends wanting to do the same as my friend and I.

My friend and I finally met and bought our tube and waited to be called to load the bus and go upstream. We were putting in at the access Waymeyer, which was about 3 miles upstream from the Highway 60 bridge.

We waited over an hour to even get on the bus. Lots of folks wanting to get on the river and just so many buses.

Van Buren had experienced the April flood inside the town. The high school and businesses, including The Landing, and over 100 houses were all damaged. The major flood at the end of April hadn’t happened since around 1904.

Today it was good to see people enjoying the river and the local businesses reaping the benefit.

My friend and I finally got in the water on our tube and started downstream. The water felt really good. A lot of young kids had their boomboxes pretty loud and almost ruined the experience.

However, my friend and I talked and enjoyed the day. A lot of out-of-state people were visiting and the local town folks were positioned along the gravel bars enjoying their day. Kids were diving off the rocks, a few boats almost hit us, but missed. Ha.

A lot of tubes on the river. There wasn’t one section we floated that didn’t have people on the river. Mind you, I am used to the Eleven Point River with less people.

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