A few years ago, Allan found an article about a canoe trip down the Eleven Point River in Missouri.Â He cut it out, thinking it sounded like a great idea.Â When we starting talking about what to do for vacation this year, he remembered the article and we started researching it more.
The kids thought canoing sounded like fun.Â Allan and I knew it would also be challenging.Â Â Five days on canoes with everything we needed in backpacks.Â Â We would need to filter all our water.Â Bathrooms would be scarce. We would sleep in tents no matter the weather.Â There would be bugs and “scary” animals.
We planned for months.Â We dehydrated meals.Â We made gorp and biltong.Â We got the kids ready the best we could.
The day arrived, it was time to go.Â Allan got off work early and we left as soon as we could.Â The next day we got up and drove some more.
Finally we arrived!Â We spent the night at our chosen outfitters.Â We double checked our supplies and repacked our bags.Â We asked more questions.
After a good night sleep, we loaded all of our needs into a van.Â We were driven to our chosen starting point and then dropped off.Â It was time to officially start our canoing trip!