Taylor and Maddie as we start our trip.

Taylor and Maddie as we start our trip.

This weekend we went on a little excursion on the Little Miami River. One of the nice things about living here in Loveland is we are close the the Little Miami River which had over 30 miles of walking and bike trails and Lovevland Canoe and Kayak.  There are several options and we did the 5 mile trip with Tanya and I in a canoe and the kids: Alex, Garrett (her boyfriend), Taylor, and Maddie (Taylor’s friend) all taking kayaks.  You get your life vests, paddles, and stuff and then are bussed up river 5 miles. The launch point has a nice bridge for a back drop. The trip is quite scenic with the shore being very wooded and there is even a castle to be seen.

Taylor and Maddie have their equipment and are ready to go.

Taylor and Maddie have their equipment and are ready to go.

Alex and Garrett launching their kayaks.

Alex and Garrett launching their kayaks.

View of the river.

View of the river.

Yes, Loveland has a castle.

Yes, Loveland has a castle.

Alex and Garrett down river passing an old bridge crossing.

Alex and Garrett down river passing an old bridge crossing.

Everybody had a good time. There was some good natured splashing and attempted tipping of kayaks. Maddie was the first go in a completely unintentional tipping and then Garrett tipped Taylor.

Everybody jocking for position to tip over somebody.

Everybody jocking for position to tip over somebody.

Taylor was tipped by Garrett.

Taylor was tipped by Garrett.

Taylor got out and swam along side her kayak at one point. Apparently, she misses swimming already. In fact Maddie and Taylor got out and swam the butterfly part way down river. And then swam upstream against the current. It was funny to watch. Near the end Maddie was nearly completely submerged and stuck at one point, but she didn’t tip over.

Taylor swimming along side her kayak.

Taylor swimming along side her kayak.

Maddie took on so much water she submerged and grounded on rocks.

Maddie took on so much water she submerged and grounded on rocks.

 

Well, we started our 4th of July celebrations yesterday. We went to the Cincinnati Reds (they won) which included a very nice post game fireworks show. It is a nice way to watch the fireworks as you are in the stands looking out over the river. The show was choreographed to music and lasted about 15 minutes.

Today, the plan is to go camping starting today, but the weather isn’t cooperating.

Hopefully, the rain will move out sometime this afternoon and we can have a nice camp out at the lake.  We are meeting up with a number of the families from the Cincinnati Marlins.

EDIT:

Well, it rained a bit on the 4th, but overall the weather was pretty decent, so we stuck to the camping at East Fork Lake.  Everybody seemed to have a good time.

The girls. They all stayed in our two room tent.

You can’t go camping without a fire. Of course, the kids couldn’t help but stick their “walking sticks” in it and playing.

We met up with our ole’ pals the cicadas. These are the annual type, so not quite an invasion. There were two of these guys and they are just a creepy looking as their every 17 year cousins (see “Invasion 2008! Cicadas”)

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