After a much too long lapse of time for staying at our cabin, Kristy and i finally spent part of the weekend along the river. The atmosphere alone was calming – a gentle breeze, sunlight glistening off the river as it lazily moved past our windows, birds calling or flying overhead, and the occasional fish jumping out of the water. How can such an ambiance not be relaxing! This morning was spent on the water canoeing slowly along the shore as I watched for birds, critters and wildflowers.
Over the years I have seen people turn up their nose when I mention my fondness for the Wapsipinicon River. “That river is full of snakes…” “The Wapsie is such a shallow, muddy river…” “How can you go to the same place all of the time…” Those are some of the comments I have heard. Obviously, how you perceive the Wapsipinicon River is a matter of perception.
On those rare occasions when I “use” the river as a place to exercise an outboard motor, when all I do is buzz up and down the river as fast as I can, I can see how a person might wonder about the river. When I paddle the river, moving only as quickly as my shoulders are challenged, I recognize how much more the river is – the habitat, the beauty…the quiet demeanor of the Wapsie.
For several hours I paddled – not for speed, but for pleasure – up the Wapsie and back down again. All told I likely ventured no more than a mile and half up the river. The enjoyment was beyond measure, even though I saw nothing out of the ordinary. My outing was just a pleasant trip.
Following is a sampling of images recorded today on the Wapsipinicon River.
This afternoon my lucky wife joined me as we paddled back up the river to where I saw thousands of tadpoles. Believe it or not, I think even she enjoyed the trip!