June 23

We had a good day today paddling. We saw no humans, no boats, several pelicans, a beaver, some swans, some geese, some ducks, a turtle, some fish. We are the queens of our own little empire, high above the water with a breeze, cotton, and mud. We had cherry cheesecake for supper. We washed all our clothes by swimming in them in the lovely silty Red River.

The Red River is lined with gigantic cottonwoods–live and dead, upright and fallen, in the water and on the shore.

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