|Happy anniversary, Steven! Dinner out and a canoe trip, what more could we ask for?!|
|moon & star my dad carved on the canoe he made|
|The electric motor works well even on the peterborough canoe!!|
|The Manatee River, Bradenton, FL|
|Happy anniversary of that amazing day, october 25th!|
We are still thanking our lucky stars.
|He is travelling on the Manatee river|
|Herons are a common sight for us here|
|the great white heron|
|a rest in the shade|
|yes, we live in paradise now!|
This is De Soto National Park where we often walk along the shore.
We'll be going there later this afternoon!
|Steven at De Soto national park - he paddled in, instead of walked in!|
|The orange line is the map of his route, 5 nautical miles.|
|I find the Florida sky amazing . . . click on any photo for more detail.|
|the water is beautiful, and the fish are literally jumping!|
|The cormorants were drying their wings after diving under water -wild!|
|This is Gilligan's island!!|
|My dad's handmade boat is beautiful and serves us very well.|
|We made it to the island, and then promptly went swiming!|
|* happy paddlers *|
|white egret: a common sight for me now.|
|Trailering the beautiful boat back home . . .|
I don't know if we got more comments on my dad's beautiful wooden boat and his workmanship or on the 2 dogs sitting in the middle of the canoe while steven & I paddled away . . . both are quite a sight! (smile) Coming back the current was a little strong because of the tides but Steven knows his stuff from his years of whitewater so I got good instructions, and paddled strong with a gorgeous hand made paddle, and so enjoyed. The places we stopped along the way were beautiful little coves and hot sandy beaches. Amazing sites after all this rain we've had! I've put a small slide show of our trip to your left at the top of the page. Here are a couple of my favorite photos I took:
- love that palm tree! Quite a "boaty" crowd here . . . my dad always etches in a moon & star to the boats he makes, it is the logo of a business-men's club he is a member of and where steven & I got married - The Canoe Club!
a beautiful little cove where we went ashore . . .
What a treat! I absolutely love these little spoons he made and I am so glad my dad sent them to me! The first project from his new FL workshop too, that is so great. My mom always says that I got all my creative genes from my dad . . . well, I am not sure about that, as my mom is very arty and creative too, but it is a really wonderful thing to be his daughter. My dad has always been a shining example for me and he is continuing to be that for me through his cancer diagnosis. My mom too. Both of my parents are concentrating on taking things one step at a time, which I truly believe is the only way to get through anything like this that seems really too overwhelming to think about. As I told my friend Carla, I aspire to be as grounded as they are in the face of such news. With much love, lenna
We put the canoe in at a little sandy beach in Tarriffville that Steven knew of. After shoving off, we paddled upstream for about 40 minutes. I told Steven I did not want to go too far, our first time out this season, so after we went a wee bit farther to satisfy him, we turned around and really zipped back to our starting point in just about 20-25 minutes! So much faster going downstream, not fighting the current. No matter that we did not spend hours & hours doing this - I loved relaxing surrounded by nature's beauty and simply enjoying big billowy clouds, the green leaves and the many flowering trees we passed. The reflection of all of this in the water really spoke to me, once again.
The dogs really have no quams about going into the boat with us. Often Asia simply lies downs and goes to sleep! We get lots of comments from other paddlers or people enjoying the river because of: A) the beautiful handmade boat and B) our dogs riding along with us! Enjoy this slide show of the day . . . a direct link to the slide show in case it is not showing up here on my blog is here -just click on the title: Canoeing the Farmington River. This will take you to the site where I created it!