The best kept secret in the state is how lovely a float is on the Kokosing River. Starting at Riverside park in Mount Vernon, it is hard to believe you are in the middle of a city. In an instant you are transformed to a lovely rustic setting of quit and natural beauty. It is amazing how many different birds you will see. There are osprey, and blue heron, king fishers, mallard ducks, wood ducks, and mergansers to name a few. Cardinals and jays, woodpeckers in the distance. You will see evidence of beavers at work, and turtles sliding back into the water as you pass. In the water are small fish and large fish and if you are lucky you may run across a hellbender salamander.

As you round the bend and go over a small broken dam near Memorial Park, things get even quieter. There is wildlife everywhere you look. Spring is bringing on the wonderful light and dark greens that let you know it is the best of seasons to be on the river.

Don’t go on this trip if you can not stand the quiet noise of nature! It will overwhelm you with peace and you will relax way to much for modern society.

Done for another day. By the way, don’t tell anyone how wonderful this trip is to take in the evening. I want it all to myself!

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