30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience
Feel the water
Feel the crystalline spring-fed waters of Jacks Fork River in southeast Missouri coat your fingertips as they lazily dangle from your inner tube. Don't forget to face eyes-up once in a while. Breathtaking Ozark Mountain bluffs tower on either bank of this stretch of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Feel, with your bare feet, the smooth, slippery rocks that mark the beginning of the Mississippi River. After Lake Itasca's waters flow over this strip of stones, they officially become the great river, wade-able and a mere 12 feet wide here.