Sunday, July 13, 2008
Run on the River
Kayaking on the 'scrog (local parlance for the Androscoggin River) was great fun yesterday. Molly and I met up with the group in Gilead, just a few miles east of the New Hampshire line. After shuttling our vehicles to Bethel where we planned to take out, we got onto the water about 11 a.m.
The day was sponsored by a group called Integrated Forest Management
Two of their foresters joined our group and provided a nice box lunch for all the participants--we really lucked out on that since Molly and I had packed peanut butter and jelly on stale white bread thanks to my being too stressed out from brief writing to go to the grocery store.
But, after finishing my brief on Friday evening, I was ready for a day of lazy river kayaking and it was a perfect day. After our tasty box lunches on an island, we got back into our kayaks and soon found a young moose at the river's edge. He wasn't that excited about all the colorful kayaks and canoes and by the time I got my camera from its water proof bag, he was beating a hasty retreat.
The highlight of my day, though, was spending it with Molly, probably the child most like me yet the one I know the least. I was amused to see her taking a picture of the shallow root system of a tree that had toppled over near the river bank. I don't think she reads my blog, so she doesn't know why that brought a smile to my face.
An exciting event tomorrow--my first internet date! Kathie from Sycamore Canyon is visiting her family in Maine and we are going to meet for lunch and some bird watching. I have enjoyed getting to know so many people through their pictures and stories--it will be a real treat to meet Kathie.