Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Spring Torrent


When we crossed the river on our bikes last week after a little jaunt, we noticed a little path. We got off our bikes and ambled down, or at least I did, and Cuppa snapped this picture.


Yes, that's what I refer to as The Unmighty Mississippi, in order to distinguish it from that huge American river that is frequently referred to as Mighty. But it looks pretty mighty in this photo, doesn't it? Water runs high in spring, and the torrent is more pronounced than usual.


This was, originally, a mill town, and there is still a damn of sorts on the river. In fact, right from where Cuppa is taking this picture, there is forced drop a few feet; there's no reservoir, however; they don't control the water level.


There was a little plaque at the beginning of the path commemorating a boy who had drowned here, in 1992 I think. It urged us to be careful, and I certainly was.


It's a nice day and supposed to go up to 22C/72F today. Typical of April, however, it will still be fairly windy, so, even if we get out on the bikes, we still won't go all that far, probably 10-15 klicks (6-9 miles). However, we may not get out at all, for today is the day that Cuppa makes turkey stew from the weekend's bones. It's one of daughter's faves, and the kids are invited to share it with us.


 

7 comments:

Bonita said...

Here in Washington state we have 'rails to trails', old railroad tracks converted over to bike trails. We've gone on quite a few, and the scenery is great. I hope you have lunch, then get out for a bike ride.

Granny said...

Beautiful. I made a big pot of navy beans out of the remnants of the ham (and the bone, of course).

Iona said...

Wow, 22C! We're having a chilly 10. Great picture of you and the river. It seems rather wild. Wouldn't wanna fall into that stream... Anyway, I'm sure this spot will have many picture opportunities!

oshee said...

What a beautiful picture. You both have amazing eyes for beauty.

Darlene said...

Beautiful scenery there. Reminds me of my days growing up, when I'd spend hours at Chester Park Creek, hopping across the rocks to cross it, biking or traipsing along the trails. Makes you feel alone in the wilderness, doesn't it?

mreddie said...

Great picture of some wild looking water. Hey, that turkey stew sounds good in any kind of weather or location. ec

Simply Coll said...

I did not even know we had any kind of Mississippi River in Canada. Love the photo!!