Monthly Archives: December 2013
As the little canoe moved downstream from Buffalo City I looked for the mouth of the Buffalo. As I eased around the first sharp curve in the river there it was. The Scouts had complained it was a tough quarter to half mile paddle. I believed it. I don’t know how they did it. The […]
When I landed on the Buffalo City boat ramp there were two men and three or four boys milling about. They were part of a Cub Scout Troupe from Houma, Louisiana. One of the Dads was a really nice guy. He came over and remarked on my jacket and how cold it could get and […]
The worst is over. The sun is warming the air. The fog had become intermittent. But the clash between the cold river water and hot air would continue to create fog off and on all day. According to my little map it was another seven and a half miles down to Buffalo City and the […]
At that point my little rain soaked government map indicated I was approaching the Rim Shoals boat ramp. I ran her aground at the wrong location. I had mistaken a steep private ramp in a cluster of nice new river homes. I guess I was so anxious to get to dry land that any old […]
Within seconds of entering Cotter’s main channel I felt like I was flying. The boat was going over what I figured was Roundhouse Shoals. The map shows an island coming up. I began to line the Proud Mary up for a run at the left side. I checked the GPS to see if it is […]
I should mention the maps I used on this trip. The Game and Fish map from the trout fishing booklet was great. I’d purchased an excellent Jim Priest map at the Cotter Trout Dock. Unfortunately, I stored it in a bag I couldn’t reach without docking the boat. Another big Duh !
My next stop would be Cotter. I had been on the river a couple of hours and was making better time than I had anticipated. I still had my head in the navigational problems and my fear of the unknown evil shoals monsters. After all, I’d been hearing about and dreading the shoals for over […]
It turns out that Bull Shoals State Park is a great starting place. The park has finest riverside campsites I’ve ever seen.
Finally ! Getting ready, to commence, to begin, to start, to crank this thing and more stuff about stuff.