If you would have put all the canoes and kayaks together that participated in the Paddle for the Cure Sunday, it would have looked like a mini-Normandy invasion.
Canoes of all ilks participated, with paddlers (and pets) of all sorts taking part.
It was a great thing to do on a warm July afternoon with the water still high enough to give canoeists enough draft to negotiate the Des Moines west fork from A17 just north of Anderson Prairie to the swinging bridge in Estherville.
This is a great way, too, to draw the public's attention to the great recreational opportunities that the Des Moines west fork affords. Several years ago, the Emmet County Water Trails Association formed to promote canoeing on the west fork. Originally spearheaded by Bill Moreau and Bob Jensen, the association continues to promote small craft boating on the Des Moines. And the association continues its efforts to promote river recreation today, as a sponsor of Sunday's float.
The river is a definite asset to our area. It has enormous potential for trails and campgrounds - activities that would draw people not only locally but regionally. The limits of how much this recreational resource could be developed are bounded only by the imagination.
A big hand goes out to the event promoters - and the Emmet County Water Trails Association for helping.
Let's hope more people hold similar events with the river as a focal point. It's here for all of us to enjoy.
So let's enjoy it.