What could be a more perfect activity for a retired couple than a leisurely bike ride along the scenic Deleware River? Nothing! Yesterday, Bob and I took our first bike ride of the season. We unloaded the bikes in the parking lot in Stockton, NJ, only one block from the historic Stockton Inn and rode the canal path all the way to Lambertville.
The weather was perfect, too, sunny and cool. The trees were all in bloom, especially the dogwoods, so pretty dressed in their delicate white blossoms edged in pink. The wildlife was bursting all around us. We spotted mounds of turtles sunning themselves on rocks that burst forth from the slow-rolling waters of the river. Mallards and other ducky birds floated by dipping their heads beneath the clear water to capture a mid-morning snack.
And then there were the geese! I had to laugh at the adorable family of geese who had commadeered the canal path to escort their brood of goslings to a safe patch to feed. One adult led the five little fledglings, and the other adult stood guard at the rear, its head erect and ready to peck if you got too close to the brood of young ones. We had to carefully pass by in order to avoid upsetting the parade. Who could ask for better entertainment?
The ride was blissful. Quiet, serene, fragrant...simple. I felt like Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables who adored and wrote about the simple beauty of Prince Edwards Island. I felt blessed to live in an area that offers similar beauty. There is something peaceful, healing and yet exhilarating about the beauty of nature. It offers the perfect antidote to the stresses of living in the 21st Century. And bikeriding among its beauty is the perfect retirement activity! I am looking forward to more days of exploring the rich beauty and rich history (more about this later) of my home state. Retirement surely does have its advantages. I don't understand those who say they fear they will get bored if they retire. There is so much to do and see! Stay tuned for what Bob and I discover next.