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  •  They have water patrols (3+ / 0-)
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    IamGumby, LilithGardener, gerrilea

    but I'm guessing they don't have enough. The GoP legislature in MO has done a lot of budget cutting in the last several years and it's hurt the state departments quite a bit.  

    My uncle used to be a game warden in the county north of this one. He did a lot of water patrols catching poachers, etc.  He's retired now, but the stories he tells will raise your hair.  I told him he should write a book. My dad was a forest ranger in the next county to the east.

    My friends and I used to canoe on the Current, White and Courtois rivers when I was in college (mid 70's), but we usually went out before Memorial Day, when the water was higher (more rapids) and there were no other floaters. We drank a few beers, smoked a little pot and, one time, took acid (haha).  We didn't leave a mess.

    Today, a lot of people use kayaks and canoes, but a lot rent big inner tubes, tie them together and float in large flotillas with booze, drugs, music, etc.  The Meramec is big and slow in the summer. Its more for the crowd who doesn't want a rapids challenge, but wants to lay back and get loaded and sunburned.

    Back in the day, the lands bordering the river were farms that had been in families for generations.  Farmers were more tolerant.  Today, it looks like some of these farms are broken up and the riverfront areas sold cheaply to people who live there full time and are less tolerant.

    It's more like this today. Winter's Bone was filmed a few counties west and south from Crawford.


    "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 05:49:23 PM PDT

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