In the Rocky Mountains and desert Southwest, hiking and horse travel are the best ways to see the country. In the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas, the preferred mode of travel for many is by canoe. Whitewater paddling has come of age over the last 60 years in the Ozarks. Gone are the days of livery fleets of aluminium caones. In the 1970s Royalex ABS replaced metal as the prepared material for construction of the classic canoe. Today boats comes in all colors, but my favorite remains RED. Today canoes are made of other plastics and Kevlar and carbon fiber. Roayalex, the material of choice for over 35 years may be discontinued, thus ending an  era in whitewater paddling.