If I lived closer to a spring fed Ozark river, I'd be a fixture there. I'd find a four feet deep scour hole and stay there for hours at a time. Or I'd be like those women who sit in low slung plastic chairs all sprawled out in the water reading a paperback as paddlers go by. If I lived closer, I'd visit the river everyday.
The much needed weekend is here, and it includes a special occasion! July 30 is the date that Norton was named the state grape; Rolling Meadows Winery (near Warrenton) is having a weekend-long festival to celebrate. Visit a moist streambank where vegetation is still lush and green and make a toast to Norton!