“Everybody pick up 10 things!”
Suddenly the RV starts shaking. The door opens and Eddy the goldendoodle bounds out with 8-year-old Maddy Kellogg, her arms laden with dozens of river sandals. Laughter erupts from behind mangled window shades.
Minutes later the Kelloggs are sprawled in their tiny and tidy, albeit weathered, home. Seven-month-old Coby crawls across the laps of 18-year-old Grady and 19-year-old Kerry. Toddlers Elly and Emmy slather sunscreen on mom Susie and dad Dan.
Brody, a 16-year-old aspiring photographer, talks about his exciting swim through the gnarly Pine Creek hole on the Arkansas River the day before. Kady, 14, beams with pride at making the junior kayak finals at Salida’s storied FIBArk festival. Maddy brags that she can roll a kayak. Cardy, Dally and Kenny are finding podiums in grom kayak contests across the country. Even 6-year-old Rowdy is ready to boat.