Day 31

I am affectionately referring to today as…Fred Fun Day. Let me share with you why today was so enjoyable. I started out a little late this am and didn’t rush to get on the water. There was no wind for at least 4 hours, and then a slight breeze picked up.
I just rode the current for hours at a very slow pace, and took my time and enjoyed my surroundings. Upon paddling through a section of the Choctaw National Wildlife refuge,
I saw my first gator. It was about 4 ft long, and I watched it just slide off the bank and ease into the water.

Then just when you think it can’t get any better, Bobby’s Fish Camp pops up on my radar. Just 3 short miles later,  I’m tying my 18 ft sea kayak up at their gas dock. It is an old country restaurant like in a dream. As I walk up to the door, I can see lights on inside but the doors are closed. I call the number on the door, and can hear the phone ring inside. As I see a lady answer the phone, I hang up and walk in. I let her know it was me who just called and asked if they are open. She politely says yes they are open but the ovens aren’t on yet. I tell her no problem and ask for a sweet tea, as I take my seat. Little does she know that I do not mind waiting because it has been water (sometimes river water) and freeze-dried city for me. Hahaha.

Around 3:00pm a young couple came in and spoke first. Then I continue the conversation about team river runner, and give them the website. The gentleman looks it up, thanks me for what I am doing, and pays for my catfish dinner. He and his wife hugged me, and we had our pics made for her Facebook page (see below). I’m amazed at how a simple act of kindness and humility is so inspiring to me. Thank you so much April and Andrew. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store. Oh, I also ordered a chicken strip dinner to go and ate it about 2 hours later along the river. It was all delicious.

I have now paddled 587.44 miles. I’m currently 1/2 mile from the Coffeeville lock, which is the last one I will go through.

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