“Where do you want to go?” asked my cousin Kelli as we made plans to go kayaking.
My mind whirled in response. I had the day off and the weather was going to be hot, the winds calm. I wanted to try somewhere new and was willing to drive a couple of hours to get there.
After a few days of pondering, Wyalusing State Park popped into my head. The park is in Kelli’s “neck of the woods” and has water trails along the Mississippi River—and I had not visited the park in nearly 20 years! Plus, with any trip to the Mississippi River, I was hopeful of seeing eagles, a bird that leaves me in awe at every sighting.
The plan was set, and we met at Wyalusing State Park and launched mid-morning. Before we even entered the river trail, I spotted an eagle, a young one whose head was not yet white. Then we saw an eagle nest and two mature bald eagles stationed in nearby treetops —a family, perhaps?
The water was peaceful and we crossed paths with a few other paddlers enjoying this later summer Monday morning on the Mississippi River.
The eagle sightings continued along our journey. Some were perched high in the trees, others soaring overhead. I was on a constant lookout for more. A few of the eagles stayed in place, watchful as we passed by, others spread their wings, taking flight away from our approach.
I was thrilled to spot 12 eagles in all!
Next year when Kelli and I take our annual kayaking trip and she asks where I want to go, the answer will be quick: I want to go where the eagles go.