We stopped at this river on our way down to Arkansas when I was a kid. We got to go into the river and it was the first time I had ever been in water except for a bath. I was terrified. My Dad kept telling me he was going to throw me into the deep part and he bet I would learn to swim really quickly then. He didn't seem to realize how long it takes a kid to get used to the feeling of water before even trying to go under or try to float. I am still scared of deep water.
This river flows north, it is a really strange thing to see.