With ‘frost on the pumpkin’ snow on the mountaintops and ‘outfitters’ closed for the season (just a gauge not a necessity) – I’m thinking that it’s been a solid ‘ride.’

I’ve accomplished all that I set out to with the kayak, and then some.

The Current River in Missouri was surprising and an environment to revisit;

The characters of Kansas and a Dodge City drive-through;

The open range of eastern Colorado, and it’s isolated back-road stretches,

A weeks visit with my Daughter and grand-kids in Colorado;

Then the scale of the scenery at Williams Reservoir which surprised me;

A ride across the great gully of Arizona to Page;

Two nights of camping at Lake Powell to Lone Rock and then Labyrinth Bay/Canyon;

The clarity of The Colorado from Willow Beach to the Hoover Dam near Las Vegas – made me understand the sediment issues these great dams hold in check;

A weeks visit in San Diego with my Son and Licia;

Riding the Pacific Highway up the California coast;

A fine wedding in the great wine country of Sonoma County California,

The isolation and unique foundations of the structures on the boulders of Echo Lake Ca;

Paddling Lake Tahoe and exploring Emerald Bay – awesome;

Across Hwy 50, “America’s Loneliest Highway through Nevada and Utah,

Archway National Park and Moab, Utah;

Paddling the Gunnison River of Colorado with others

-and then more family time in Colorado;

My bucket is simply not rattling at the moment – even though the song (Jimmy Buffet) “I got boats to build…….” still resonates within my thoughts.

What now? Bac-roads eastward avoiding the interstate, a slower return jaunt to the Carolina’s – still no hurry. Along the way and completely by chance if a paddling opportunity arises (Buffalo River, lake, good weather, right there), an antique or ‘junk’ store of opportunity – I won’t rule any of them out….. just nothing planned except little to no interstate highway.

Same miles, just quality road time.

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(made it back to the Carolina’s after hoping to paddle the Buffalo rvr in Ark. (too low, 1.3 feet) then the ride became a grueling Friday through Arkansas and Tenn, Friday traffic around the towns then the construction laden back-roads.  To start with I dislike Friday traffic – so next time if it’s a Friday just ‘beat me,’ or better yet remind me to just paddle some ditch or if I have too – take the interstate).

Paddlin in Florida in a couple of weeks –Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs

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