I spend a lot of time on the Monongahela River, paddleboarding.
There's no place like it locally where I can keep cool in the summer, for free.
Sometimes it seems I have the entire river to myself, but really it's only as far as the eye can see.
Wildflowers and scents of nearby restaurants cooking linger in the air.
My journey with this river is just beginning. I want to know her as closely as I do Ten Mile Creek in Pa.