aftermath of our afternoon trip down the river – 2020 style
what started out as a promising enterprise
full of air and up on top
waylaid by the first set of cascades
day’s lazy dreams dashed against the rocks
so quickly deflated
yet just as suddenly
floated back up
found a way
not as planned
this will always be remembered as the year that was
for so many reasons
that taught us how to make it to the end
safety vests strapped on and fingers crossed
even if we had to body surf our way through it
or borrow a raft now and then.
“there is even rhythm in being empty.”
crossed paths with a pizza out for a stroll
on a mission
headed for the river
pizza was sliced and ready
to shoot the cascades
perfect conditions today for a pizza.
“the closest thing I use to beauty products is the grease on the pizza from John’s Pizzeria.”
floating on the lake at midnight in the quiet air
“there is a budding tomorrow in midnight.”
– john keats
irish hills, michigan, usa – summer 2018
sunday’s strong winds turned
the annual port huron, michigan float down
into an accidental international expedition.
the associated press reports around 1,500 people were sent across the st. clair river’s international border while riding inflatable rafts, tubes, boats, and other floatation devices.
canadian authorities helped bring them back to michigan from sarnia, ontario. police reportedly arranged for sarnia transit to take the stranded rafters back stateside.
Facebook post from the rafters:
“we want to express our gratitude to the canadian authorities for their assistance and understanding with the floaters who’ve unintentionally been forced to the canadian shoreline. you’ve shown us true kindness and what it means to be amazing neighbors!”
sarnia police tell the a.p. only minor injuries were reported in the incident, which started at port huron’s lighthouse beach and was slated to end at marysville’s chrysler beach before mother nature took control.
authorities report that “a strong current and lack of life jackets” heightened the hazards in the incident. the port huron float down is an annual event between michigan and canada, which takes participants 7.5 miles down the st. clair river. shipowners are speaking out against an annual, loosely organized event that sends thousands floating down the st. clair river.
credits: associated press, mlive.com, sarnia police,
blackburnnews.com, benjamin raven