According to the weather-guessers, our weather is supposed to take a turn for the worse, with rain possibly starting tomorrow and sticking around for three or four days. So I left the granddaughters in Cliff's care and went for a ride, just in case it's my last chance for awhile.
Blue and I wandered through the woods along the river for about an hour. I couldn't help thinking about an article I read in the Kansas City Star:
"Barges on the Missouri River may be an endangered species.
For the first time since 1951, the amount of cargo hauled by barges on the Missouri River this shipping season was estimated at less than 200,000 tons, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
That was just a fraction of the cargo hauled on the Mississippi River, and a northern drought is partially to blame.
“We had the lightest year we have ever had,” said Roger Harris, vice president of operations for Magnolia Marine in Vicksburg, Miss. “We can’t seem to get any water.”
A years-long drought in the upper reaches of the river in Montana and North and South Dakota has contributed to the decrease in traffic. The drought has depleted the northern reservoirs so severely that the corps is unable to release enough water to bolster levels downstream.
River levels have hit record lows in Kansas City and are barely covering the drinking-water intakes."
It was a pleasant ride, and the turkey frame soup I made before I left this morning really hit the spot. Blue had to settle for sweet feed.