Guest Editorial by Jo Schaper
As a lifelong canoeist, I have no problem with efforts to curb obscene, outrageous and or illegal behavior on the river, such as the Riverways’ rules or efforts by the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association.
But on the other hand, I wonder: where will they go? The young human animal (and sometimes the older one, too) has an innate need to blow off steam. During my youth, that meant a float trip on the Meramec, or the Current River, banging paddles, splashing, and yelling, drinking a little too much for common sense, and horsing around.