The Call of the River

“The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it is going to go and where you’ll wind up.  Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track.  Don’t let anyone deter you from that.” – Eartha Kitt

As a youngster my family spent a lot of time on the river.  We would set trot lines, limb lines and tight line fish.  My grandparents on both sides spent a lot of time fishing with us.  It was quite the family outing.  All we ever used for shelter was a tent.  We were the kings of roughing it.  Lots of good times and memories.

I managed to stumble into adulthood and traded the waters of the river for the waters of the lake.  Bought the big bass boat and began tournament fishing.  It was a fast paced form of fishing and after some years the river begin to call me again.  I resisted at first then finally began to explore the local rivers and their beauty once again.

At first I just went with friends who had boats or found places to fish from the banks of the river.  Then I was introduced to the versatility of the kayak.  It was certainly a game changer.  The kayak introduced me to a simple way to explore the river that I had never imagined.  I now had a way to explore every bend and turn of the river.

My dream is to float the Big River and the Bourbeuse from the beginning to the end.  One can learn a lot about themselves while enjoying the solitude and serenity of the river.  I use that time to recharge my spirit and cleanse my soul.  It is quite fitting that I use the bends and turns of the river to ease the bends and turns in my life.  While indulging in the peace and tranquility of the river it is easy for one to focus on their path in life.

Remember to be kind to one another and to share the love.  God Bless and thanks for reading.

 “You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows and a dreamer’s just a vessel that must follow where it goes.  Trying to learn from what’s behind you and never knowing what’s in store……”  Garth Brooks- The River







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