Things to Do With Your Husband #5: Do an Outdoor Activity
Outdoor activities are a great way to create strong, happy memories. On Friday, we took a short (about 4.7 mile) canoe trip down the Little Missouri River beginning just downstream of Narrows Dam and ending right about the second submerged dam at the Muddy Fork Road bridge.
We had an absolute blast. A lot of the time we spent walking our canoe over slimy river rocks. There was some frustration as Nate came to terms with my very limited canoe-steering skills. Tears flowed as I convinced him that I really was trying my best and asked for him to not be upset with me. And apologies were made as he stood in rushing water on slippery river rocks reaching into the canoe to give a hug and promise exercises in patience.
We were blessed with plenty of sunshine…
… and hard work:
We rejoiced at streams emptying into the river because it meant higher waters over the rocks. (Click on the picture for a better view–a pretty foot bridge was constructed there.)
At one calm moment during our trip, while we relaxed in slow waters, we witnessed a deer as she (I think it was a doe) stepped out into the water at the river bank for a cool drink. I didn’t get a picture because the phone was in a water-tight box, and I didn’t want to frighten her. The deer only stayed around for a minute or so–once she caught sight of our ensemble, she hurried off.
Overall, we had an incredible time. We’d been kicking around the idea of a canoe trip for probably a year or more and just never made the time to do it. I’m so glad we did this. Even as we stumbled over many, many rocks and even as I sit here with achy and sore muscles, I feel blessed and happy for the experience.
Maybe you and your husband can’t take or wouldn’t enjoy a canoe trip, but being outside in the sun is good for your body, soul, and spirit. I believe that our short ride down the rocky Little Missouri strengthened our budding marriage as we rejoiced in God’s handiwork and provision.