Took a little ride down to Otter Slough, one of the few remaining remnants of the vast swamplands that once covered the Bootheel of Missouri.
This is a delightful area to paddle. It is surrounded by thousands of acres of artificial wetlands that are seasonally flooded for duck hunters. The actual slough, however is very fine indeed.
The area is well suited for exploration by canoe or kayak and has many interlaced chanels ane water courses to explore. We saw lots of Great Blue Herons, Egrets, and a variety of waterfowl. We also observed two Cottonmouth Water Moccasins.
In places the Tupelo's and Cypress Trees are too thick to paddle through. An amzaing area of swampland only two hours south of St. Louis.
On the way home we crossed the Mississippi and toured what is left of Cario, IL. What a sad state of affairs the downtown area is in. A majority of buildings have ceased to exist and thost that are left appear to be in danger of collapsing. North of Caio we came on this really nice old barn.
An isolated thunderhead was really special as we drove north.
One last stop before we headed to St. Louis. This is Horseshoe Lake in Southern Illinois. Quite a beautiful place with lots of Cypress Trees.