Ron hasn't had a lot of company on the river. There are birds by the thousands, schools of fish, deer, raccoons and the occasional beaver -- but human company has been rare. He visited with a family playing volleyball on a beach, and has chatted briefly with fisherfolk here and there -- but one family, the Naughtins, have made special efforts to join him.
Matt and Dominic Naughtin kept Ron company for a while as he approached Sutherland - bringing energy-boosting treats and refreshing conversation. And Jim, Matt's dad, came to the river at Columbus to spend some time with us -- and even gave the Plattepus I a try. My bet is that the next person to cross the state by river will be a Naughtin!