by Melanie Cheney
Well it started with a phone call, the River Kids were doing a week long, river-focused day camp and would love to join up with Missouri River Relief again on the Big River. We had taken them out last year on the Mississippi, locking through a dam for the first time and worked with them on several clean-ups in years past. They are a pretty hard-core group of kids, traveling to islands on the mighty Mississippi by canoe with our brother, Big Muddy Mike of Big Muddy Adventures, and have been doing small clean-ups on big rivers for years now.
So if that weren't enough incentive to hit the road with our boats, the River Kids have decided to host their annual party & fundraiser at the City Museum this fall in honor of Missouri River Relief's 10th Anniversary! So on up we went, to take the kids out on a river trip for their summer day camp.
We met the crew of 20 at the Columbia Bottoms boat ramp. As is usually the case when we travel to the confluence, the weather was less than ideal. Winds were blowing in gusts up to 30 miles an hour. I tied my hat on my head & recommended they do the same. Once we got out on the river, it didn't seem so bad, we motored up the wide Missouri, then floated back down towards the Confluence of the 2 biggest rivers on this continent, the Missouri & Mississippi.
Many thanks to the New City School's River Kids, and their teacher Ben Griffiths for allowing us to be an integral part of such an outstanding crew of young people.