The crap that ends up in our rivers just pisses me off.
This is the main dumpster at the Aroma Park boat launch on Sunday (I ran over after the Bears game because I forgot the camera on Saturday). That is the focal point for the clean-up for the area around the confluence of the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers.
Three of our kids--Josh, 17, Sara, 8, Sam, 4--helped with the cleanup on Saturday, part of the great ``It's Our River Day.'' We did back clean-up along the Kankakee and the woods by Shannon Bayou Saturday morning.
The morning ended up being wonderful for nothing to do with the clean-up. It was wonderful in part because the various-aged kids got along well. And because, with the dry conditions, we were able to hike the entire way to the point of Shannon Bayou and the Kankakee, which is across from swankier homes downstream of the confluence.
There were tracks of some canine and geese on the sandbar point. Two separate boaters reported catching very nice northern pike, one inside Shannon Bayou, the other just off Riggs Grove at the confluence.
My oldest boy, Josh Clothier, helped unload some of the boats that came into the launch with junk. So I took some of his report.
He helped manhandle a heavy oak door and a sand-filled Big Wheel trike. Other notable pieces of junk were a redwood table, an abandoned jonboat and lots of tires.
On a good note, we found two rope swings tied to a tree. Today, we hiked back and swung out into the river to play, cool cloudy day or not.
It was fun..