Do you have a river flowing through your city or village? Have you ever given it much thought?
The Susquehanna River flows just a few blocks from where I live - I would bring my son down there sometimes when he was younger (much younger). We would walk, skip stones, and otherwise enjoy ourselves. I am a big believer in exposing children to nature at an early age.
Where I work in downtown Binghamton, New York I am near two rivers - the Chenango and the Susquehanna. There is a little park where they meet called Confluence Park and a couple of nearby bridges that cross the Susquehanna. As for walking - there is a walking trail called the Riverwalk.
At lunch yesterday, I took a walk with a work friend. This is what my friend and I saw yesterday, down by the Susquehanna River on the edge of downtown Binghamton.
South Washington Street Parabolic Bridge. This historic bridge is now pedestrian only. I've walked across it many times during exercise walks.
The Chenango River is too shallow for commercial navigation but can be kayaked or canoed. The Susquehanna, too, provides hours of enjoyment for kayakers and others, especially as you get into Pennsylvania. This mighty river is 444 miles (715 km) long.
Do you have a river near you? I hope it is not too polluted, which is a story for another day. If it isn't, pay it a visit and let me know what you find.