Kristi and I headed out to the annual float trip in Noel, MO. This is the group's 8th year and every time is a different experience full of stories we tell for years! As in the past couple years we start our trip off with a stop at the White Grill. This greasy spoon makes our bellies happy and the prices are from the 80's so our wallets are equally happy. You can kinda see where the white paint is missing in the pic. A car apparently drove through the front of it recently but thankfully they are back up and running!
We finally finished the 3.5 hour drive and made it to River Ranch Resort. After a lengthy check-in with 2 high school kids it was time to set up camp. This year we stayed at a site we had always wondered about but had never ventured to before...the mysterious site #101 which was fitting since it was 101 degrees out! We had a stream running right beside our tents so we were basically in the movie A River Runs Through It. We hung out by the campfire, had dinner and called it a night since we had the 1st float of 2 the next day.
And we were off with the early group that dared try back to back floats in one weekend. Would we survive? Would we hear banjo's?? Would we love it? The answer was yes to all, except the banjos! Who knew the Elk River was so peaceful and surene? The Friday float proved to be the calm before the, what do you call it? Heated mess?
We got back to camp and the second wave of people had arrived. We started another fire, set up the remainder of camp and by that time the camp sites were bustling with activity! Who knew our site would draw in so many people?!? Paul made an instant Facebook friend with his bromance of the weekend and we met a Canadian with a very urban name. Flip cup, washers and overall shanagens ensued! The rain came in for a little bit but that didn't stop some of us for partying. Who am I kidding? I took the rain as a sign it was time for bed and crashed!
In what can only be described as the fastest injury in float trip history we were halted after being in the river for almost 1 minute. 1 minute!! Krystal got bounced out of a raft and caught her shin on a big ol rock. She immediately went white and we thought we were going to lose her for a few minutes but she bounced back and took her life jacket throne and we were off once again. It was like it was Opposite Day for those of us who floated the day before. The river had 1.2 million people on it and people were getting stuck and tipped everywhere!
Things that made float #2 memorable: We met a 7 year old boy who came with his family so he could see boobies. Meth heads were abundant. We met up with our friends from the camp site the night before and they showed us how to grill food on the bank of a river with beer cans.
Overall it was a great trip and we already have next year's site reserved so sit tight and get ready!!