This is why I like having Miss Chef around. She makes me do stuff.
I've been feeling very very low energy, and so has she. But she's been determined to get fit...there's a lot more behind that, but today it meant she got my ass off the couch and back to the Whitewater Center. We just went out for an hour or so of kayaking, but it's a great way to "reset" mentally. Since yesterday's post came off a bit whiny, I thought I'd share some more positive news, and a couple of pictures. (We used a tandem kayak for the first time, so I could fumble with my camera while Miss Chef kept us steady.)
There's a smaller creek that winds around in the woods. It's probably impossible to capture the effects of the dappled sunlight on the water, and the way it illuminates the water as it strikes the sandy bottom. So I didn't try. I pretty much put my camera away and enjoyed it.
Earlier, though, we had spotted this fellow:
This is a green heron, which, according to my trusty Audubon guide, is the most common freshwater heron across the entire eastern US. After I took several fuzzy pictures of it, we sat and stared at each other for a good long while; then we decided to move on and so did it.
We also saw an osprey, a kingfisher and the ubiquitous great blue heron, plenty of turtles and fish, a few humans...but not one single alligator. Another successful trip down the river.