Cargo going up and down the river either heading towards inland of The Netherlands, further up river into Germany or heading in the opposite way towards the ports of Rotterdam.
Can it be true? The country of cloudy skies and rain nearly everyday is going through a drought?
These guys are funny and love to canoe together on the Grand River in Michigan. I would suggest watching the short video they put together. Joe & Tom are great to follow and make me laugh whenever I read their blog!!
Tom Writes . . .
June 22 and 23 – Jones Road to Webber Dam. Eagle, Michigan, to the boondocks between Portland and Lyons.
We paddled two days in a row. First time we have been on the river since December 1, last year. Wow! Physically demanding, like the first two days of Spring Training. Our shoulders ached, but that was not the worst. The worst had to do with our rear ends, sitting in those hard canoe seats for the first time in six and a half months. Yikes!
We made it, though, and today, you will be glad to hear, both our exquisite butts are much recovered.
We put the Billie V. into the river at the exact spot where we pulled her out last year. No red berries now, as we saw before, just bushes, green now. The river was high; the current was swift…
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Then finally my own bed. Only sleep was still not right.
This is sometimes a very fine line and personal journey and sharing it means I open doors to my readers that can’t be shut once opened.
Joe Writes . . .
Paddling the Grand, a bit short of Portland, we came upon a lovely oasis and an invitation to pause and rest. While ‘No Trespassing’ signs are common along the river’s bank, a homemade sign here urged us to “PLEASE STOP AND ENJOY.” A bench was provided for just that purpose. A plaque identified the spot as Judy’s Bend, named in honor of Judy Wight – a nurse, judging by her likeness on the plaque – who must have loved the Grand and perhaps this spot in particular. A well-maintained shrine protected the plaque from the elements and there were two statues, I think they represented Jesus and St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers. The plaque stated that Judy Wight now “dances in the ripples and sings in the breeze.”
Nice stuff. Welcoming and peaceful. The world would be a better place if there were…
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I slip out of bed as I watch the sun peek up over the ridge of the lake and the light starts to flood the lake with early morning light.