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Canoeing with Colin October 1, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Canoeing, Small Town Life, Wapello.


Colin is a city boy and a world traveler. He’s used to the bright lights and bustling streets of places like Tokyo and Kuala Lampur. When his travels brought him to Wapello, I wondered whether he would be bored.

I gave him the full 50 cent tour of the town (about 10 minutes). Then I took him to lunch at Johnnie B’s, where we sat on the deck and watched the Iowa flow by while a blue heron fished from the sand bar a little way up the river.

Later, my daughter introduced him to her horse and gravel roads. We took him to the Honey Hole and fed him a ”mess” with biscuits and gravy on the side for breakfast.

The highlight of Colin’s visit was when we took him canoeing on Lake Odessa.

We spent about 3 hours making a short loop through the Lateral Ditch to Swarms Pond, south through the connector to Heidelbaugh pond, south across the pond and around the point, back to the main lake.

The sky was a clearer, cleaner blue than Colin had ever seen. We saw two foot fish rocket out of the water chasing bugs. We found amphibean eggs, bagged and attached to partly submerged branches. Damsel flies formed pyramids on top of the water, like so many sprightly cheerleaders. We saw gulls, and herons, and hawks. In short, it was a delightful afternoon.

It was a no-adrenalyn visit, but I think he enjoyed it.

If he comes again, maybe we can liven things up by hooking one of those big fish.



1. Paula Kreger - October 1, 2010

Idyllic day! And ohhh – biscuits and gravy! Sounds very tasty!

Wapello Warbler - October 2, 2010

Both so true. Thanks for commenting.

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