"Rain or shine we still float." That is what the website for the Elk River floats advertised. The forecast called for rain, but we didn't necessarily want to sit inside on our last day off before our work week started. We took the chance of getting rained on and decided late that afternoon to head up to Pineville, Missouri to float the river. On the way there it was overcast, but it didn't look like it would rain anytime soon. We arrived at the campground where we could rent either a raft, canoe, or kayak. We decided to try out a kayak, thinking it would be the easiest out of the three choices. The guy from the rental store took us down to the river and gave us each our individual kayak and life jacket. He gave us some vague directions and sent us on our way. We managed to get into the kayaks and make it a little ways down the river. The guy said it'd take us about ten minutes to catch on how to maneuver them correctly, and he was right. I couldn't get anywhere at first. My boyfriend and I decided to do some races once we got the hang of it, and I can proudly say I won them all. It started sprinkling just a bit, but it wasn't anything we were worried about. We were all smiles and laughs as we made our way down the river. We came across a few patches where the water was low and we came to a complete stop in the middle of the river. I found this hilarious at first, both of us sitting there in the middle of a rushing river, not moving at all. I then realized it'd be more difficult getting back into deeper water than I thought. I had to step out of my kayak into the river getting my shoes filled with water, and push my kayak against the rock bottom. My kayak obviously being much lighter now wanted to go with the current, just without me in it. Holding my kayak against the current while trying to sit back in it was a little challenging. After we got back in the kayak, we made it further down the river, laughing and making jokes the whole time. Andrew was very good at running into all the tree stumps he could find, not missing a single one. After a couple hours of floating, the rain started to pour down. At first it wasn't bad...but then, it got a lot worse. The rain became quite slanted to where it was hitting me right in the eyes and I couldn't see where I was going. It wasn't just a light drizzle of rain either, it was heavy streams coming down from the sky. It must have rained like that for a good 45 minutes. During the downpour, we managed to get ourselves turned around and had to call the campground and ask for directions as well. All I was hoping for was a bridge to hide under for a few moments, but we never found one. The rain just made it more fun honestly. I wouldn't even call it a misfortune that it happened. It just added to the trip and made it fun, and definitely more memorable. We were nearing the end of the route when it stopped raining altogether. The last 30 minutes were very calm and enjoyable. We even went over a few rapids that totally swallowed our kayaks. If we weren't already drenched, we sure were after that. I definitely recommend going to float on a river wherever you may be. Find one close to you, and go. It's very relaxing, and a blast! There's not one thing I would change about that day. The rain made it exciting, the company I had was the best, and the river and scenery were beautiful. There is always something you could be doing that is better than wasting a day inside. Get out and live. That is my motto.