86. Howell Island

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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.

Baby, come back! We are not exploring the island today!

Baby, come back! We are not exploring the island today!

Big dam, big river. Little girl.

Big dam, big river. Little girl.

The Spy and friend

The Spy and friend

Since we didn’t go on the island, we walked along the levy.

Walking away from the river up on to the levy.

Walking away from the river up on to the levy.

Walking on the levy.

Walking on the levy.

And running.

And running.

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!!

Deep, dark and cold.

Deep, dark and cold.

These two photos are facing southwest.

But still and peaceful.

But still and peaceful.

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.

Taken in the same spot as the other photos, facing northeast

Taken in the same spot as the other photos, facing northeast

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).

7 thoughts on “86. Howell Island

  1. Pingback: I Spy Howell Island Wildlife Area | Spy Garden

  2. narf77

    “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.” Very zen…I seem to have the turbo button on permenantly at the moment so am walking about in a haze of thought without much purpose ;). Jack Black eh? Gotta love him!

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  3. Eliza Waters

    Your photos of the still water are so beautiful. The first is my favorite.
    I like that the kids are getting a little Zen wisdom, those maxims are good for life. Another favorite quote of mine is “Still waters run deep.” Which I think my parents used to try to get kids to shut up. It never worked. :-)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      I find zen wisdom is most effective when mixed with silly humor (as your comment exemplifies;). Kung Fu Panda is the perfect mix of both sound life lessons mixed with very silly laugh out loud humor. I’ve seen it many times, so its good for adults too FYI ;) I like the river pictures too. I like how looking west the colors are all winter-y and muted and looking east everything looks bright blue. Same spot, two different directions, very different color scheme!

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      1. Eliza Waters

        I was going to ask if they were taken on different days…that contrast is amazing. We’re now experiencing a similar east clear – west clouding up. Your weather is 2 to 3 days ahead of ours so I can now use you to forecast what’s ahead!

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