I show people the good side of Saginaw by boat. People familiar with the area often laugh and reply; “There’s a good side?” In my opinion there’s at least 18,000 acres of it. I invited a friend to join me on a dramatic day of wind and high water exploring the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and State Game Area. Little did he know what he was getting himself into. We went from Saginaw to St. Charles, loaded up on food, and headed back. He was smiling at the dock, and then hanging on and breaking waves in the “wide part”.
We headed up into the relative calm of the “narrow part”. With the water high and foliage down it was easy to scan the woods for wildlife and dramatic formations. For me, going into the Flats is like going to church or recharging my batteries. I give thanks for being able to share it and all of my wonderful, incredible life experiences I’ve had. Adventure, passion, and serenity flow down the rivers like the blood in my veins.
The boat ride passed by too quickly and easily. We were in St. Charles with time to spare, and returned most of the way home at idle. We heard and saw deer sneaking stealthily through the marsh. The call of sand hill cranes and swans whispered of the huge migrations passing through. We surfed the whitecaps through the "wide part" at idle and then throttled up with the wind, giving the impression we were motionless.
The sun warmed and dried us when we need it. The power of the water surrounded us and made the boat dance in its boils and eddies. I gave a wink and a nod to the spirits I felt around me and savored the moments. I don’t always get to play in the Shiawassee Flats, but when I do, I savor every moment!