We canoed this years ago and should have done it more often, intriguing river that it is.
More than 200 years ago Merriwether Lewis and William Clark and their crew made their way up the Missouri River through what would become Sioux City, IA, and there experienced the only loss of life on their two year mission, Sergeant Floyd who died of what was probably appendicitis. He is buried there with a river, The Floyd, and a town, Sergeant Bluff, named after him.
The Floyd River meanders through this countryside. We've seen it from a small plane in the sky over us, winding its way south to the nearby Missouri River. It nurtures the flora and fauna. Some of the trees must be closing in on 80-100 years old now, shading a magical place.
It is here that a modern day enterprise, the Pipedream of a young man from Sioux City, will make its public debut this week. He has designed and carved a little bit of heaven for kids and families, a natural playground. Gary and his son Brad have granted him use of their property along the river and he has turned it into campgrounds, beaches, and waterslides. The highlight will be tubing the Floyd. Rent his tubes. float an hour of so and get a ride back upriver to do it all over again.
The Grand Opening is Monday this week and we plan to be there!
Learn more here http://pipedreamcamping.com/
You can see the Schindel family farm in the distance across the cornfield.
This is where one of the waterslides will be. Gregg is on this side talking on his cell phone to Gary on the tractor on the other side of the river. Gary's working, spraying fields. Gregg's retired...