Just figured out that Crockett has our point and shoot camera and he is out of town, so I won’t be able to share photos of yesterday afternoon with you until he returns.
My mom came down to the camper last night so the kids and I spent the morning with her while Crockett fished. We organized the camper and did a little cleaning and then it as lunchtime. After eating, we packed up our water gear and set out to find a local swimming hole that the raft outfitter had told us about. We weren’t sure what to expect, especially when we turned down a gravel, side road by a field littered with abandoned, rusted cars. I swear we could hear the banjos playing! Anyway, we continued on and were very pleasantly surprised.
There were 2 other small family groups at the swimming hole and that was it. You could take your lawn chair out into the water and sit in the light current. The kids (and adults) had a great time netting minnows, tadpoles, and crayfish. Luckily the water here (upstream) was much warmer than the section of the Niangua River that we rafted on yesterday. This is due to the spring-fed waters that feed into the river downstream. We stayed several hours and then went back to the camper to change for dinner as we were eating at the State Park lodge.