We decided to go on the southern Current where my boss, Stan Schultz owns a floating business called KC's on the Current. I invited all the old gang along with Kenny Jones son Caleb and new Rep. Steve Cookson. We had several takers, but by the time the trip came around, we were down to only three of us. Tom Dempsey, Carl Bearden and me. Molly would have come but she didn’t want to be the only girl on the trip.
|Stan, Tom, Rod and Carl in front of Stan's Shoal Runner|
|Watching the rain from out hotel at 9:00am|
As we unloaded our raft and tubes the sun started shining but it was having a hard time getting through the clouds. Patrick Schultz (Stan’s Son) had a kayak and was going to help guide us down the river. He said it would be sunny soon and he was right. You should never doubt an old river guide who knows the area like Patrick does.
If you have never been floating in Missouri you are missing one of life’s greatest pleasures. No matter how stressed and busy life is, there is no better way to spend a hot Missouri day than floating slowing down the Current River. It's best to take a cooler with plenty of drinks and food so you can pull over on the inviting gravel bars and take in nature, while you soak up the sun and relax. Anytime you’re hot you can jump off your tube and cool down.
The Southern Current is a great place to float because the stream just lazily flows over the clear gravel bottoms. You can see the crawdads and sucker fish swimming below you and sometimes when you’re quite a big smallmouth will meander by. There is very little danger from strong current which allows you to enjoy the trees, cliffs and rock outcroppings along the way.
|Stan the man cooking!!|
Stan brought the hamburgers and hotdogs up on his Shoal Runner about 2:00 and started up the grill on an inviting gravel bar. We pulled over and joined him, Representative Cookson and his wife Joy for a nice BBQ right on the river. Stan did a great job of cooking and we had a good visit with them before we pulled our raft back into the water for the final few curves.
We let the current pull us south towards Doniphan and I must admit I was a bit sad when I looked up and saw the KC's take out sign up ahead. All too quickly we were pulling the boat out of the water and visiting with Stan, Steve Cookson, and several other locals who had gathered at the dock to swap stories about the fishing and happenings on the river that day.
Stan gave us a ride back up to the headquarters where we dried off and changed cloths. I said by to Tom and Carl as we talked about what the other guys missed by not being there. I have floated with several different outfitters on most of the beautiful rivers in Southern Missouri and KC's is a first rate operation. There slogan is floating the way you like it, and I liked it allot!
Next year we will plan ahead, make reservations and get more of the old gang together.