OK folks it’s that time of year to start planning and dreaming of crystal clear rivers and warm springtime weather in the beautiful Ozarks. Some of us have to plan vacation time to attend the Rendezvous. Then there are those lucky retired old farts like me that don’t have that burden. For you hardworking youngbloods here are the dates for this year’s Spring Rendezvous.
Standing dates for the Spring Ozark Rendezvous are the first weekend in May, with official start date the Thursday before that weekend. Since the first day of May this year is Monday, May 1, 2017 that means this year’s Rendezvous is the weekend of May 6 and 7, with the first “official” day of paddling being Thursday, May 4, 2017.
As usual people start arriving as early as the previous weekend, making that the weekend of April 29 and 30. I usually show up on the afternoon of Tuesday that week making May 2 my likely arrival date.
While our standing location for the Spring Rendezvous is the North Fork of the White River in Missouri last year’s Rendezvous on the Buffalo River in the Arkansas Ozarks was such a big hit that I am suggesting we do that again this year.
I am proposing we basecamp at the National Park Service Ozark Campground on the upper Buffalo again this spring unless water levels on the Buffalo are too low, in which case I suggest we fall back to the North Fork of the White River.
So what say you all? Chime in with your comments, suggestions, or whatever. Let the conversation begin.
And to my fellow paddlers north of the snowline, stay warm and safe.