Today I needed to take my Lizzie dog in for her yearly dental work. I wandered about with no motivation to get through the business at hand. I questioned if business always needs my attention and determined that it did not.
So I went to the park, took a nice walk then headed out to visit some friends. It was a good day. We talked kids, dogs and gardening for two hours. For me wasting away two hours in leisure is a huge deal as I am working on something all the time. Once I got to the park as you can see it was easy to just let go.
This is Gold Star Park on the Coosa River. Recently the city built a walking trail through the park which is a wonderful place to walk. As I walked I was reminded that Hernando DeSoto and his group were the first Europeans to travel the Coosa Valley in 1540. Using this river as a major waterway. During the 17th Century the French believed the forks of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers as they fed into the Alabama River were the key to the country.
I stood on the riverbank imaging DeSoto and the French moving on this waterway. Somewhere in the edges of my imagination I hear “the Coosa” slapping her paddles in the water. She is the first steamboat that traveled up the river gently passing in 1845. I came back to the present, blinked, and saw fishermen sitting on the bank with poles cast. I am glad I stopped here today to enjoy the Coosa River and Gold Star Park.