Since I woke up early, I rode, knowing the forecast for today says it'll be 90 degrees for a high.
There are some flooded areas in the Missouri River bottom now, as a result of the five 1/2 inches of rain we received lately. Yes, that is water in the distance. Lovely crops can be grown here, but there's always a risk of losing some of your profits to flooding. Blue and I won't likely be going down there for the rest of the summer: the mosquitoes are back with a vengeance! Of course, the standing water makes a perfect breeding-grounds for them. The weeds along the levee are getting pretty thick and tall, too, which makes it difficult for Blue to navigate.
I saw a herd of at least nine deer. It's hard to count them when they're on the move. The area near the river would be a bird-watcher's paradise, because I saw birds of every size and kind. Red-winged blackbirds were especially in evidence. As we rode along the river, a beaver slapped his tail on the water and made Blue jump. It was a good ride.