“Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.”

Lao-Tsu
Salmon River idaho

An oldie but goodie- from a Middlefork (of the Salmon River) rafting trip. But..I did drive along the Salmon for several hours today, and was awed by the canyons of small rivers cutting through massive mountain.

Also happened to splice my hand open on a piece of shale yesterday, reminding me how very sharp river rock is, until it spends some time underwater.

Getting under was hard today- mainly bc I put it off until 8 pm. But, like most things the pain of procrastination far outweighed the action, which felt wonderful. Small pond on Whitetail Ranch in Florence, MT. Feeling grateful for time on the water, a healing hand and no flat tires over the sharp shale- laden pass I took to get here.


stay safe ~ stay cool ~ stay sane

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Jen Pen

    Last night’s 5:00 ‘rocktail hour had me in the surf, using my foot prints to uncover beach glass shards. Enjoyable.
    So sorry to hear about your hand. 😘🙏

  2. Julie

    Motivated to rid invasive sharper-than-shards-of-glass zebra mussels so native life can prosper. Zebra mussels filter out algae that native species need for food and they attach to–and incapacitate–native mussels. Thanks for the motivation, Elinor! May your hand heal soon! Celebrating another glorious, sunny day! Grateful!

  3. Mollie

    Day 4! Boston, MA
    Long day of last minute errands and closing up the house in order to head back to LB. Tired and….committed to 40 Days Head Under!

    I decided to treat myself to an aromatic foot bath and massage in the hotel bathtub. Mandarin & citrus bath, kadota fig lotion. It reminded me to thank my feet for 49 years of unconditional love and support…from my first steps as a baby, through my teen and adult years as a semi-professional ballerina, to today. I can rely on my feet to take me wherever I’m going whether walking, hiking, pedaling, gliding, flutter kicking, balancing, working out and so much more.

    The healing water on my feet today was my gift to my faithful feet.

    In this photo i can see a bruise the left side of my left foot, and a sprain + bruise on my right big toe. Who knows where the bruise on the left foot came from, and the sprain + bruise came from walking barefoot downhill on slippery grass and “loosing my footing” and really stubbing my toe. Note to self: grass is slippery when wet! Especially when walking downhill!

    I’ll spare all of you the photo of the nasty cuts on my right calf which was the result of a war between me, a kayak, a river, and slippery rocks. Guess the winner!

    I feel your pain Elinor and I wish you a speedy recovery!

    All to say, my feet needed the healing power of water, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to make that happen today!

  4. Mia

    Picabo, Idaho
    Didn’t get my head under today (serious no no when in waders) but was fortunate enough to spend most of the day in the beautiful waters of Silver Creek!

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