Today was a day just for us. We knew that two of our adult kids were working. One was planning on inviting a large group of friends over for a cookout and campfire. We knew that getting away was important and so we bugged out. We skipped town. We blew this chicken coop.
In short, we packed the car with food and drink and drove to Peru, Indiana for a hike in the woods and a walk along the river. It was a marvelous day. The weather was perfect. The woods were majestic. The river was muddy and flowing very fast and a joy to behold.
The Mississinewa River flows off the Wabash River near Peru, flows into the Mississinewa Reservoir and once released on the other side, meanders through Indiana and into Ohio, ending just over the Indiana-Ohio line north of Union City in Darke County.
This waterway was the river of my childhood, flowing less than a quarter-of-a-mile from my boyhood home. It’s muddy waters drew me to the edge, fed and entertained us for many years.
The hike to the water’s edge was a wonderful experience because it took me back in time. But it also provided a limps forward. This was a day with my bride and it was a promise of many future hikes together.
As we walked along the muddy trails, we discussed hiking the Appalachian Trial. We planned camping trips for the two of us. We reviewed our plans for later this month as we will visit Colorado and hike the Rockies, whitewater raft the rivers and ride horses into the mountains.
We made plans, looked ahead and were very, very happy.