DISCOVERY MINISTRIES STYLE
THE ENDEAVOR TRIP
We picked up Malachi on Saturday evening at DISCOVERY MINISTRIES
. He and five others had been in the care of Joel Bates and Leah Fuller for the past eight days. The trip started with canoeing the upper CURRENT RIVER
for a day, then taking out and hiking to their destination from Two Rivers (the place where the JACKS FORK
meets the Current). They spent a great deal of time in the area around Eminence (BLAIR'S CREEK
, ROCKY CREEK
, BLUE SPRINGS
The trip was somewhat 'minimalist'. They were constantly on the go. Sometimes they were on trails (the Ozark Trail), sometimes they were going cross-country). They made camp late and were up early each day. All food, clothing, rock climbing / rappelling gear, was packed in with them (no re-supply). There were no tents (see pic above). Many of the meals looked like a single hors d'oeuvre. On top of all that, it rained on them a great deal last week. Mix in the fact that they had no idea of their destination (they were all learning how to use a topographical map and compass), and it made for a strenuous and difficult week. But it's those difficult things that toughen you and make you stronger. Through it all, Malachi's body, mind, and spirit were all strengthened. He definitely came back a different person than the one who left a week earlier. Everything in
these pictures is within 30 to 40 miles from our house (as a crow flies). Click on the small images to enlarge them.
UPPER CURRENT RIVER
UPPER CURRENT RIVER
UPPER CURRENT RIVER ACROSS FROM TWIN ROCKS
UPPER CURRENT RIVER
UPPER CURRENT RIVER
CURRENT RIVER NEAR OWL'S BEND / BLUE SPRINGS
KLEPZIG MILL ON ROCKY CREEK NEAR THE CURRENT RIVER
ROCKY CREEK SHUT-INS AND ROCKY FALLS
IT'S A GREAT TIME TO VISIT MOUNTAIN VIEW
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"There's nothing quite like Indian Summer in the Ozarks." Dr. Russell Schierling, Mountain View, MO
Have you been debating about when to make an appointment to make the trip to Mountain View? Why not now? This time of year is absolutely beautiful here in the Ozarks. Over the course of the next several weeks, the leaves will begin to change. There is nothing quite like Autumn on the CURRENT RIVER
. Of course we also have the JACKS FORK
also) as well. And who else is going to help you with your CHRONIC PAIN
me with a detailed history of your problem. No games. If I feel I can help you, I will tell you --- and then do everything in my power to make it happen. And IF NOT
, I will tell you that also. Call Tracy today at (417) 934-6337
CURRENT RIVER SNORKEL TRIP
VAN BUREN TO BLUE SPRINGS
In the past few weeks I have seen patients from Texas, Utah, Minnesota, Georgia, and India (not to be confused with Indiana). I always get the same question. Why are you practicing in this little town in the middle of nowhere? Namely because this has been my home for 22 years and I love it here. You'll soon see one of the reasons why.
Although Alley Springs is my favorite Ozarks spring (it is the spring featured on the huge wall mural in the lobby of my office), Blue Spring (the one on the CURRENT RIVER
, not the JACKS FORK RIVER
) is a close second. When Amy said that she needed a day to herself to get ready for the upcoming homeschool year and politely asked us to spend the day at the river, she did not need to tell us twice. We put the boat in at Watercress Access area in Van Buren, Missouri, and ran up-river to Blue Springs. The day was incredible!The weather was perfect, the sky was blue, and the water was all different shade of jade and turquoise --- and crystal clear. It was a perfect day for snorkeling.
Snorkeling you say? In Missouri? Absolutely! I have been a CRSJ (Current River Snorkel Junkie
) for almost 25 years. It allows us all to not only see some really incredible fish (Small Mouth, Large Mouth, Walleye, Buffalo, Drum, Hellbenders, and who-knows-what else), but also allows us to feed our scavenging habit. Allow me to explain. It has never ceased to amaze me what people who have no idea how to canoe, bring on their river trips. Couple this with copious amounts of alcohol, swift currents, and rootwads / trees in the water; and the treasure hunting possibilities for serious snorkelers are endless. Over the years, we have found all sorts of goodies. Among our best finds are several guns (pistols --- all loaded), more knives than I can count, diamond rings and wedding bands (ask Rick and Kate B. about this one), enough fishing tackle to start a Bass Pro Outlet,
cash, jewelry, tool boxes, tools, car keys, phones, wallets, kitchenware, all sorts of t-shirts & towels, hats, caps, sun screen, bungee cords, enough sunglasses that we keep them in buckets to hand out whenever we have company, a waterproof GPS, and just about anything else you can think of ---- and that's just for starters. If someone was crazy enough to bring it with them on the river, odds are that we found it on the bottom --- or maybe hung up in one of the many rootwads. In the pictures at the very bottom, you'll see our latest haul. A very nice portable chair, a couple of canoe paddles, a wide brim hat and a couple of caps, a really cool IU basketball T-shirt, a number of "quality" sunglasses (including a really nice pair of Ray Bans that Malachi has latched on to), a "good" towel, some beverages (many of which are in the trash),
and the finds-of-the-day (made by Michaela) ---- a unique flip-blade dagger with a pocket clip and
a Smith & Wesson SWAT Knife. Malachi hung in there though, finding a good knife of his own to add to his massive collection. When you see the pictures, you can understand why we think that it really doesn't get much better than a day on the Current River. Don't get me wrong, snorkeling in the Caribbean is fantastic. But it's hard to beat the snorkeling right here in Southern Missouri!
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MALACHI AND BOBUS WITH A TURTLE
LOOKING INTO 5 FEET OF WATER
AT THE WORLD'S LARGEST SPRING
GRAVEL SPRINGS AT THE BASE OF PAINT ROCK BLUFF
Gravel Springs is a fabulous place. It is simply a huge pile of ever-present gravel (flooding does not effect it) that has water bubbling out of it all the time.
THE DAY'S FINDS: KAYLA OUT-KNIFED MALACHI 2:1
THIRD ANNUAL FATHER / SON CAMP OUT
Although the water was a bit murkier than usual from the recent floods, it's always a good time when you're on the CURRENT RIVER
. It's all the boys talked about at church on Sunday morning. It was a day of boating, floating, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, cooking, eating, praying, and laughing. Everyone is already planning next year!
CURRENT RIVER ---- LAST TRIP OF THE YEAR
Truth be known, everyone knows that I am a big fan of the Current River. Our family usually manages to get to the river 8 or 10 times during the during the six-month season ---- the months when weather is good enough.
When Amy told me that she had things to do to get ready to teach the new additions to our family (we homeschool our four kids), and would appreciate it if I took the kids to the river for the day so that she could prepare, I told her that I could probably find it within myself to help her out. Truthfully, I jumped at the opportunity! You don't have to ask me twice to head to the Current River!
Anyway, although the day started out cool, we managed a high of 85 degrees without a cloud in the sky. The water was every bit as beautiful as the Caribbean. We spent the day kayaking, cooking out, playing in the sand, and yes --- swimming. These pics were taken six weeks ago today ---- just a few days before Halloween; and although some will not believe it, nothing has been Photoshopped.