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12.8 miles in 4:45 - Meramec River, Sand Ford to just south of Wells Ford

Started at around 7:45 this morning and was basically alone on the river for the whole day.

- Saw innumerable turtles, herons, & hawks.
- Was barked at by a mama river otter trying to protect her 5 pups.
- In a deeper section of the river, I hit a school of smaller fish that jumped out of the water with ever paddle stroke (!).
- Found a cave spring (darker pic above) that sounded like a waterfall and whose water was so cold that it was steamy where it hit the river.
- Didn’t get sunburned.
- Didn’t tip over or drop my phone overboard. 🙃

Shit happens. As in ENTP shit happens. Or Foo Fighters’ The Pretenders ‘What if I say I’m not like the Otters’ happens.

So I scrolled down Wikipedia about Sea Otters.

Yes, this adorable looking animals.

And I read this part:

which is, awww so sad. Mama Otters love their pups so much–no matter whose pup they are.

Then I read this part:

And this:

WHAT THE FUCK!!! WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST FUCKING READ???

AND HERE I THOUGHT BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS ARE ATROCIOUS, BUT SEA OTTERS–precisely male sea otters–ARE JUST AS MUCH!

yes, I’m procrastinating. shhh…!