Thursday, January 22, 2015

Walking The Island In The River

Recently, we took a walk... on an island out in a river.  It was a beautiful day... a winter day, but it warmed up nicely... to about 60 degrees and we really wanted to be out and enjoy it. The kids and I had found this park last year, but my husband had never been there. Since it is the season to see bald eagles, we hoped to see some as we had last year. 

 The water here is iced over. I'm not sure how thick the ice is, but we didn't try to walk on it as I'm sure it is not thick enough for that. 

The guys had to test the ice.... so they threw some stones out there.... this one was actually pretty big, but all it did was to gouge the ice a bit... and then it rested on top.  When it hit the ice, there was a loud hollow sounding clunk. 

 I love the picture above of three of my guys walking along, looking down. :) 

This bridge goes out onto the island.

The paths are  great... 

If you look closely, you can see a bald eagle out there on the ice. 

 So many trees on the island...  and there were many bird calls... we saw a lot of bluebirds on the island, but they stayed high in the trees and I never could get a picture of one.
 This is the inner part of the water... between the island and the main part of the land where we had come from. The bridge we crossed was quite a ways back there though.. and you can't see it from here.
 I am standing in the same place where I took the previous picture, but in this one, I looked the other direction. 
 The trees were so pretty... even without leaves. Some of them had beautiful white bark.  I'm not sure, but these may be sycamore trees.

 All of these paths are empty and it looks like we had the whole island to ourselves... but we didn't.  It was quite challenging to take pictures without other people in the pictures. There were many people walking and on bikes out there... it was such a nice day to be out.  We had to keep moving over to stay out of the way of the bikers. :) 
 I'm not sure what this plant looks like when it is growing, but it was interesting here.
 This is the other side of the island and looks out over the main part of the river. 

By the way, Son #3 used a walking stick as we traipsed through the forest (yes, we did leave the trail for quite a long time. :) He also offered a walking stick to his sister, then he got another one. At one time, he showed me his "walking stick".... it was a big TREE... about 8" in diameter or so. We all laughed. :)

It looks cold out there with the ice.

 Above, Son #3 is again using his "walking stick".... for pole vaulting!!!!  He kept running through the rough ground, jumping and landing without getting hurt. 

Walking on the bent over trees was fun. :)

Lots of seagulls....

 This tree was up quite high... maybe 10-12' in the air.... but it was a fun challenge. :)  He did have a bit of trouble going back down from the tree. 

Here we are finally back on the trail... and pretty tired.
 The sky was beautiful.... the sun was getting lower in the sky so the shadows looked nice.  It was a great walk... and we looked forward to going home to eat. :)  

Thank you for joining us on our walk out to the island in the river. I hope you have a great week. :)

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  1. Beautiful pictures! Isn't it lovely to take a walk with the family, and just enjoy the beauty around you even in the barren winter season. Loved the pictures of the bald eagle, and your last picture above is really amazing. My kids like to find sticks in the forest to use as walking sticks as well. Lots of wonderful memories!

    1. Yes, family walks are wonderful.... and it is surprising how much beauty there can be.. even in winter. Thank you for visiting.... and for your comment. :)

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely walk with us. Quite beautiful I must say.
    I chuckled at your sons walking stick. :-)
    There's nothing like the fresh air and a good walk.

    Have a beautiful and blessed day.


    1. Glad you joined us for the walk... it certainly was fun... .and I sure enjoyed the walking sticks also. :)

  3. What a lovely family activity! Thanks for sharing your pictures. Have a blessed weekend.

    1. Thank you.... I'm glad you visited today and I hope you also have a wonderful weekend. :)

  4. These are beautiful. I love capturing sky views too. It's these little basic things that make nature so gorgeous to look at.

    1. Thank you.... the sky is amazing and it changes so frequently. :) Thank you for visiting.

  5. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and tell such a beautiful story in and of themselves. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew.

    1. Thank you... what a nice comment. I love the beautiful scenery God has made. :) Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Thank you... I have wondered about blowing that one up for the wall.... there is just something about it. :) So glad you visited with us on our walk. :)

  7. Hi, I am stopping by from the Wordless Wednesday party. What a beautiful place to walk on. Nature and river could it be better. I love your photos!

    /Charlotte @My Green Nook

    1. Thank you... so nice of you to visit and comment... we sure enjoyed it. :)

  8. Don't you just love provides us with such beauty.

    1. Yes, it does... God is such an amazing designer! Thank you for visiting. :)

  9. Great pictures and great post, love seeing all the ice. Thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Thank you - so nice to read your sweet comment. :)