On The Water, Farmer City, IL
Sometimes you meet people who are an important part of your life, even if you don't see them often. LittleRed and Trailmom are special in my life. We paddle, we share closeness beyond description--it's like our everyday lives, including jobs and spouses and kids and stress, fade behind us, and we have the privilege of thinking about our bodies, our breathing, the air and birds around us. And for a few short hours, we sense why we enjoy life. We sense the air on our faces. The sunshine through the clouds. It's this special bond that I feel with those that I paddled with today. LRed and Trailmom and I had breakfast, and then sauntered over to Parnell Access to paddle north toward Farmer City, making it all the way to the first bridge by the meadow. And to make the day even more special, we ran into TimS, a spirited paddler with whom we will all paddle with again soon. Thank you all for a blessed Sunday on the water. My soul sparkles like the watery peaks off the bow of my blue Nordkapp.