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Paddling The Cedar (5)

“It may not seem like it,” observes float veteran Ed Barnes of Goldfield, “but we all look out for each other.”

The Hugheses enjoy the Cedar for its scenery and its solitude. Yet their yearly journey is perhaps defined more by the shared experiences than by the route, muses Laura. “You get to be pretty good friends along the way.”

“I used to be kind of sad when an adventure was over,” says Chuck Rila of Mt. Pleasant, who’s only missed a few floats in the last 16 years. “But it’s just that much closer to the next one.”

Down the River

The 25th Annual Cedar River Canoe Float runs June 9–13. For more information, contact Jim and Laura Hughes: or 641-228-7855.

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