I explored some new water this week. The Grand and Red Cedar Rivers in Lansing. They are having a “Fish Rodeo” in June and invited me to run boat tours during the event. I was disappoint in the recon because we have had a ton of rain and the rivers were raging, but I did gain some valuable knowledge and see some cool stuff. The highlight was a great blue heron rookery.
I journeyed through the backyards of old industries and wondered about their history. There was a walking path next to the river and I asked nearly every pedestrian how much higher the water was running than normal- no one had a clue! Looking at the bridges I wasn’t sure if my big boat will fit underneath them, we will soon find out.
My reward was at the far end of the Red Cedar, at least as far as I could get! A great blue heron rookery was spaced out in several trees across the river. There were birds in most of the nests and they were not impressed with my intrusion upon their inner sanctum! The river was beautiful and wild looking. If was the stuff I dream of and it was hard to navigate the current and take pictures at the same time.
I could have spent hours up there watching the water and herons go by. I had to get back to pick up a guest who would show me the lay of the land, so to speak of downtown Lansing. I would be selling boat tours to anyone with a desire to see what lies upstream hidden from everyday life. Now I had a destination to offer, a jewel surrounded by suburbia.
If we are able to get all the way up there in June, I am sure things will have changed dramatically. The rookery will be nearly invisible and the chicks will be near or have fledged. Hopefully it will be a little warmer too. Certainly the water will be lower and navigation will be borderline at best- That’s why I call them adventure trips! If it was easy with no challenge, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. On that dreary, rainy afternoon I learned something new. Even after twenty years of doing boat tours professionally, I still get goose bumps and occasionally feel a surge of adrenaline every now and then. This what happens when I Eliminate stress- and get out of the mainstream and go on a “Quest”!