Meramec Spring – 6/28/2020

I tend to be a creature of habit. I generally go the same way every time when going someplace. When I go to the river, I go to the same ramp and paddle the same stretch. While many will see this as boring and tedious, I find things that I’ve never seen before. By some counts, I’ve probably paddled from this ramp nearly 200 times. And this time, I saw something that I have never seen before! When the ground is wet, little springs pop up around the Meramec. While the river is primarily spring fed, most have never seen a spring this close to the end of the river.

I had my sister Hannah, and Sonora out with me in two boats. Here are some photos of the spring near the Kirkwood/Valley Park Missouri border.

With my legs firmly sunk into the mud, I can lean forward and not fall over.

Here is the spring we were playing in. If you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss it.

Hannah tries the leaning forward trick while Sonora looks on.

Sonora had just gotten out of her boat and is thinking about sinking in.

And a video of our madness.