Washed In The Upper Iowa River

 For our afternoon in Iowa we canoed down the Upper Iowa River.
 Max had canoed down the river with Monty as a child, Monty did so with his dad Larry, and Larry did so with his father Carsten.  The tradition continues!
 Monty and Karlie were in a canoe.  We soon realized the daring duo might not have been the best match up.  But they sure had a blast crashing into us and paddling backwards and rocking the boat!
 Max, Kaitlin, Hank and I were in a canoe.  They both wanted to paddle, however, Kaitlin did not like to rock the boat. :)
Nana and Hailey showed us how it was done.
 The 3 canoe flotilla!
 We had so much fun and saw such beautiful views of the granite rocks.
  National Geographic Adventure lists canoeing the Upper Iowa River as "One of the top 100 adventures in the United Sates."
It was a perfect adventure for our gang.
 Happy Feet.  Well, until the sand got in them.  Finger toes make great water shoes around pools, not so great in rivers.
Lunch with turkey sandwiches topped with bacon!  Yes!
 By far the coolest part of the day and trip was Hailey being baptized in the river.  She had asked Pops to baptize her in the ocean last summer and he wanted her to wait and really consider her decision.  She has been stead fast on her desire to make her decision to follow Christ public.  She has been working on reading the Bible cover to cover and learning more about Christ's teachings.
 Pops read Romans 6:3-5 before taking Hailey out into the water and asking her if she was ready to be born again.
Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Our spiritual sister!!!  Such a glorious day in a glorious way with a Pops!  
 Washed in Christ forever.
 In the Upper Iowa River.
They only way to celebrate was with a Whippy Dip.

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