On August 11, 2018 several friends and myself took off on an exploratory day throughout the Ozarks National Forest around Hwy 7. A couple of the guys had been this way before and were willing to take us out and show us the route that went along the Illinois Bayou. Some beautiful scenery, amazing trails and some deep mudholes. We stopped along the Illinois Bayou for some lunch and swimming. First time Bruiser had ever seen a river or body of water like this. He didn’t know he would sink. Time to get him a flotation vest!