Huron River, Argo Park to Gallup Park
27 April 2016
At long last, after a winter that wasn’t so harsh weather-wise but that came with its own special trials for our house, Ellen and I finally got out for our first paddle of the year. Spring has sprung all over Ann Arbor, making it hard to do something as simple as walk down a sidewalk without wanting to quote the start of Robert Frost’s great springtime poem: “Nature’s first green is gold.” On the river, though, as my title suggests, we’re mostly still waiting for the green, a fact most evident if you compare the photo above to the one in the post immediately previous, taken on Christmas Day: except for some baby leaves on the lower trees, they’re pretty similar.
As awesome a concept as nature sporting punk colors is, I’d just like to say: come on, spring! Shake a leg!
We’re weren’t the only paddlers on our stretch of the river, but our company was scant–only three other boats. But we had tons of excellent sightings, starting with one before we even got on the river, when Ellen spied most excellent pet-sitter Sue negotiating rush hour traffic near our put-in spot! Then we saw the menagerie of animals Ellen caught on film below, including a duck trying to blend into the landscape and a righteous mink action shot.