Grateful 365 Day Thirty-six

I’ve been taking Connor and Emma out for early morning mountain bike rides at Riverfront Park near our home and for the most part we have stayed on the east side of South Billings Blvd.  This has mainly been due to the presence of much flood water on Norm’s Island; but today we decided to ride around the island, despite the water.  The first couple of crossings were pretty minor, meaning not very deep and not very long.  I made this photo when we came upon our next crossing – and also where we almost turned around. As you can see from the photo, the water was fairly deep, (meaning we would get wet) and fairly wide, (meaning that Connor and Emma would have to push hard to get through).  Well, much to my appreciation, the kids were all for crossing the flood water creek – as long as I went first to make sure it was safe. Needless to say, it was safe and we did get wet – and that water was COLD! The air temperature was around 45° F and the water couldn’t have been much above 40°.

As it turned out, this was not the last, nor the largest crossing we encountered during the rest of our ride.  The last crossing was about 3 times as long and at least 1.5 times as deep. Through it all the kids pushed on and never once stopped during any of the crossings.  I am very proud of the kids and am excited to be sharing an activity with them that I have enjoyed very much all my life.

Flood Water Crossing at Riverfront Park

Great fun mountain biking at Riverfront Park!

ISO 320, 24 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec

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