Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day 34 - July 7, 2013 - Eminence, MO

After waking up and eating a couple of protein bars, we started getting ready for the day. We left our little hotel room at the Eminence Canoe, Cottages, and Camping and started packing up our bikes to leave. It may have been early in the morning, but the humidity was already out in full force, and we were drenched in sweat before we even got on the bikes. 

We had been discussing plans the night before about how to get to a rental car facility so we could drive to Denver for Brandi's show at Red Rocks.  We sat outside and spent more time making plans to get to a rental car...and we realized we would only have to ride to a neighboring town to get within range for the rental car company to pick us up. This news took a huge weight off of our shoulders and allowed us to take an actual rest day, not a forced rest day due to weather. And since we happened to be at a resort offering canoe trips, we decided to try our hand at kayaking. Oh, and we just have to say that if you ever find yourself in Eminence, you should stay at this resort. It's really nice and the people who own it are super kind and they have the sweetest dogs that hang out in the resort office. 

We went back to our room and got ready for kayaking fun! Since we weren't totally prepared for our 4 hour kayak adventure, the owner kindly took us to the nearest gas station that offers food "River Ready" (aka sandwiches in ziplock bags) for folks. Pretty soon, we were on the river in our bright orange tandem kayak, ready to kick back and maybe even out some of our horrible tan lines. 

The Jack Forks river is beautiful. The clear water is cool and stays the same temperature almost year around since the river is spring fed. We enjoyed the calm water and being able to see all kinds of fish in the river and all of the river turtles perched on the logs, enjoying the sun. Our 4 hour river trip went by way too fast, but we had such a great time. A day of rest was exactly what we needed. 
We ended the day with a pizza and salad dinner, and fell asleep watching "Pawn Stars" on the History Channel. 

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