Howell Island is a 2500 acre island in the middle of the Missouri River. There are trails for bikers and hikers and there is a dam that crosses a branch of the Missouri River called Centaur Chute. At certain times of the year it is not passable and water runs over the dam and leaves behind tons of beautiful white driftwood. We went there today with a few friends, to take a cold winter walk. I was hoping to collect some driftwood, but there wasn’t any on the dam today. The Spy has been here several times but it was my first visit. We didn’t go on the actual island because it is hunting season and lots of deer hunters were out there.
Since we didn’t go on the island, we walked along the levy.
I love visiting the big rivers when it is very cold out. Our rivers are so treacherous and deep. Catfish the size of cars, legends of bullsharks lurking in the depths (though that would probably be a summer occurrence), swirling currents of thick silty mud. In a quick search to see if I could find out anything interesting about Howell Island or Centaur Chute, I found a WordPress blog post about someone who stand-up paddle boarded around it! Very brave!!
These two photos are facing southwest.
Your mind is like this water, my friend, when it is agitated it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.
Wow, a trip to the river really enlightens one, eh?
Not exactly, that is a quote from Kung Fu Panda (which we watched today post-river walk).