Sometimes the timing is just right for a plan to come together.
Drue was planning on coming back to Kansas from Colorado to visit her Dad. The float trip was a week early this year. And, we were invited to a 60th birthday party for my cousin who leaves in the Black Forest area near where Doug and Drue live in Colorado
So, that is how the plan came together for Trent and Carly to go with us to the North Fork.
I have to admit there was some consternation on my part. I follow our Sunburst Ranch camping spot Facebook page and from that, I knew the river has been closed twice this summer because of high water. Thankfully, my calls to Sunburst were met with assurance that there would be no problems.
And, there weren’t. The river was about a foot high but that only made the float easier. We floated right over some of the rocks that usually have to be maneuvered around.
The upside was that each day on the river was absolutely beautiful. If there was a little bit of a downer, it was that it rained each evening we were there. The canopy that we intended to be over the picnic table was placed over the kid’s tent just to make sure they stayed dry. All went well—we just weren’t able to have the campfire chat or crawfish hunt this year. The last picture in the slideshow shows our drying out program when we got home because everything had to be put away wet then sit back up when we got home to dry.
The first day Carly rode with us in the canoe and Trent had a kayak. The second day Carly had her own kayak and that was a lot of fun for her. Both of them were all over the river chatting and exploring.
Here is link to a slide show of our trip. Click on this link, then “slideshow” in the upper right area. To explain the video, the kids could walk down from our site and float on life jackets around a bend and through some rapids to the area where we parked our canoes. The part on the video is actually right where the canoes are parked.