Preparation and Launching
Floating from Current River’s source at Montauk to Doniphan took 4 nights/5 days according to a brochure the duo had latched onto, guarded carefully because it also had a map of sights along the route in the Ozark Scenic Riverways system. With that map it would be easy to chart progress and gauge speed over the 125-river-mile excursion.
Irish Wilderness Tarzan packed efficiently, which means his garbage bag of personal effects was minimal, light and double-bagged. Imagine his muddled look when he lifted his counterpart’s bag of necessities, considerably bulkier and heavier and taking up a bit more real estate in the canoe. He didn’t ask; he knew he would be no more enlightened after hearing the explanation.
All I can say in her defense is that every item in the heavy duty trash bag made perfect logical sense to her Barbie/Nancy Drew outlook. She had to have long sleeves for early morning/late evening chill, and lightweight long sleeves for sun protection, and afternoon changes in case heat indexes rose, a couple of hats, a couple of swimming suits along with a coverup, fresh changes for campfire dinners, pajamas, and of course all the changes of underwear with some extra in case some of the clothes got wet somehow. Tucked into the folds were the bare toiletries needed: a variety of colored hair clips to coordinate with the outfits, hairbrush/shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash, soap/towels/washcloths, deodorant, perfume, foundation/mascara, and several tubes of sunscreen with varying SPF’s. After much inner debate she decided not to pack her purse, after all, she would be roughing it.
Together they had prepared a shopping list of groceries and incidentals like batteries and matches, toilet paper, charcoal, lighter fluid and paperware, divied it up and made the purchases. Also packed was the essential equipment: cooking utensils, chairs, tent/bedrolls, life jackets, boat cushions, ice chests – one for food and one for dry storage, and a bundle of wood.
The prospect of having the house to himself in Mom’s absence, Kiddo was elated to make a before-sunup drive to Baptist Camp, the first access site alowed on the Current. He helped unload the canoe and pile up the paraphernalia as a throng of teens in a church youth group gawked at the trio.
After a quick inventory, and putting the wood bundle and chairs back into his pickup, Kiddo left the two to load the canoe and start their river trip. As Mom waved and turned to the task at hand, questions flew at the two from the baffled kids. That’s when Tarzan grinned at the first reference to Deliverance.
Nancy Drew had to know. As the canoe drifted into the Current, she swiveled around to ask, “What are they talking about? Why are they humming that tune? What is Deliverance?”
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