Meghan and I took Siobhan, Seamus, Maeve and Tiarnan tubing today. The photo above is from three weeks ago, when the water was higher. We had the opportunity to teach the kids such terms as “run aground”, “bottomed out”, and “becalmed”–but luckily not “holed”. Seamus kind of sailed along, as he is a skinny guy on his own tube. Some of us, with more weight on board, tended to hang up on the rock, which were prominent and mossy. Some adult women even had to climb out of the big tubes and drag them past the rocks. This was one instance where we were stymied by our rock structures in the river. We normally have a lot of pride in them. On the other hand, we did get plenty of exercise. Sadly, we didn’t have a waterproof camera, so did not capture these moments. We also discovered that at the confluence of the Little Snake and Battle Creek, the incoming water tends to make one float upstream.
Each year, the Lions Club sponsors the Little Snake River rodeo at the Russell Community Park, near Dixon. The kids’ events, including mutton busting, chicken chasing and pig catching are a highlight in our family. It is also the source of our pork, since we feed out the pigs that the grandkids and their cousins catch, and enjoy the locally grown meat in the winter months. We give the chickens to the neighbor, since our Border collies mistake them for lunch.