Larry Stone's Iowa Listening to the Land

July 15, 2011

AWARE – Day 5 – Frieden’s Park to Motor Mill

Filed under: Uncategorized — lstone @ 12:28 am

Unforgettable sight - Motor from the river

A gold star for the weather – again! Warm enough to slosh in the water; cool and cloudy enough to avoid a sunburn.

And – perhaps in gratitude for removing the trash – the Turkey River shared some of its scenery and secrets.

Clams inched their way across sunken sandbars. Minnows darted in the shallows. Cedar waxwings and indigo buntings showed off for the paddlers.

A chorus of song sparrows, yellowthroats, catbirds, and robins sang from the thickets.

An immature bald eagle sat calmly near its nest as the flotilla passed underneath.

A flock of young Canada geese swam ahead warily, then waddled up the bank.

Many AWARE volunteers probably caught their breath as they rounded that bend to see historic Motor Mill looming over the Turkey on the far bank.

And as the full moon rose over the valley at dusk, the secret was out:

The Turkey River corridor is about as close as a mortal can get to paradise!

Let’s keep it clean.

Headin' downstream

Plucked from the mud

Teamwork

Aren't rivers fun!

In search of critters

Watchin' the flotilla go by

Scoutin' the shallows

Cleaning up the cliffs - carefully!

Portage is over. Back to work.

Cautious Canadas

Clara's favorite river

Luke's treasures

Campers at Motor

Stories of Motor Mill

Hawk's campfire tunes

1 Comment

  1. You had beautiful weather for this. Sounds like its going to get hot and muggy. But that wouldn’t be so bad, a person could jump in the river to cool off

    Comment by Joyce Patrick — July 15, 2011 @ 10:30 am

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