Below is a Thanksgiving note by Clarke Kahlo, an American Rivers supporter and co-founder of Riverviews. Excerpted from “Canoe Thanksgiving and Prayer.” A simple Thanksgiving wish to everyone. Thank you for all of your continued support in helping us protect our rivers.
Today (at waters’ edge, by the rendezvous fire) we give thanks for the gift of canoes and water, the essence of life.
And for our beautiful streams and their forested greenbelts which host our treasured paddling expeditions.
And for our early antecedents, the First Peoples of North America for the legacy of their splendid canoe—”an incarnation of grace, a tool supremely suited to its purpose, a design of indigenous genius.’ (Paul Gruchow).
We’re grateful for being able to quietly connect with our natural heritage which is so closely linked, through the millennia, to our sense of well-being. “The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfaction.” (Sigurd Olsen, The Singing Wilderness)
We’re grateful for the spiritual values provided by our river sojourns. “Rivers have what man most respects and longs for in his own life and thought– a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing.” (John M. Kauffman, American Rivers, July, 1977)
And for the friendly camaraderie afforded by our paddling friends—like-minded folks who appreciate natural heritage and good cheer.