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Reflections on the River

It’s the end of the first week of September, and, for many of us, the start of a new school year (at least for our kids). As the days start getting shorter, the leaves start falling and the nights begin to cool, this time of year often causes me to reflect on the past year or at least the past summer.

Big blue stem grass on prairie run along the Huron.

Big blue stem grass on prairie run along the Huron.

In particular, last night, as I ran along the river, I reflected on the many ways I’ve interacted with the Huron over the past summer and year. Like a number of us on staff, I like to run along the many trails that border the river. Last night, as sunset was approaching, the river and natural area views were particularly striking. It reminded me how hard many of us have worked to protect these important ecosystems and how lucky we are to have a high quality river because of it.

As I ran along the river, I observed some bikers out for a challenge among the riverside hills, a few paddlers out for a late afternoon float, two sets of high school seniors posing for their senior photos, and different sets of rowers perfecting their technique on the impounded quiet waters of Argo Pond. People experience the river in many different ways, and, for most of us, the relationship is a personal one. The river can be a source of challenge, a source of inspiration and energy, a muse, or a place of solitude. The river can provide provide physical, emotional and spiritual sustenance.

I personally have found myself in the Huron’s waters quite often this summer in many old and some surprisingly new ways. Each experience provided a slightly new perspective on this tremendous resource that I spend so much of my life working to maintain. I invite any of you reading this post to share your experiences with the Huron (or any other of Michigan’s many waters) this summer. We would love to read about them.

I hope your summer was as refreshing as mine and that you will continue to work with me and the rest of the staff here at HRWC to pass along this tremendous legacy to those who just embarked on a new year of learning and exploration. Roll on, sister Huron!



5 Responses to “Reflections on the River”

  • Priscilla Witmer:

    I enjoyed your post, it was very well written and gave me the impression of being there myself. I wish you the best in maintaining the waterway for future generations.

  • Ric Lawson:

    Thanks for the kind words, Priscilla.

  • Munsey Alston:

    Ric, Sounds wonderful! Interested in Program for Seniors. Keep up the Good Work for our Sister River! Munsey

  • Ric Lawson:

    Thanks, Munsey. We are getting a lot of interest in Laura’s senior program idea. Stay tuned.

  • I love visiting Ric and his family in Ann Arbor. Being from California makes me really happy that so many of our activities involve the Huron River. I love it when Ric says, “Here’s your oar, Mom”. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful river in your backyard.


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