“I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” For just over a century, these words have been an invitation to get off the beaten path in our journey through life.
An inspiration to seek the more-wild of nature; the less urbane in where we traverse.
These past few weeks I have done just that. Taken guidance from Robert Frost’s iconic poem and sought the “road not taken.”
The thoroughfares I was seeking were of water. Clear, spring-fed Ozark streams abundant with life and opportunity. Devoid of fellow companions. In that lay the challenge.
I ventured into northern Shannon County. Home of the Upper Current. Location of Akers Ferry — “Canoe Capital of the World.”
But waters less visited. Pools where the ripples would be mine alone. Shoals of silence and solitude; streams where my thoughts would echo by themselves against limestone bluffs and beneath greening canopy.
The first stretch was on beautiful Sinkin’ Creek. A spring blessed with significant rainfall had left this Current River tributary quite floatable.