Vicki Ross of Logansport and her son-in-law, Serguei Salvador of Barcelona, Spain, slid their canoe up onto the bank of the Eel River in Riverside Park Saturday morning with big smiles on their faces.
They had just finished the trip from Spencer Park, where they and several others took part in the inaugural “Fireworks Float” — one of the several activities the Logansport Parks Department had planned throughout the Fourth of July.
“We had a great time,” Ross said, adding she has enjoyed canoeing in the past but had yet to go down either of the rivers flowing through Logansport.
It was Salvador’s first time on a canoe, much less his first time on either of the town’s two rivers.
“I talked him into going with me,” Ross said with a laugh.
Salvador, his Spanish translated by Ross, said he enjoyed the trip very much.
Several of those who took advantage of Logansport’s Independence Day events said doing so allowed them to spend time with family and created community cohesion while reminding them of the respect and admiration they have for their country.
It’s families like Ross’ and Salvador’s that represent what Doug Spaulding said is one of the most important things about the Fourth of July — how people in the community and country come from different backgrounds yet have the likemindedness to come together on certain occasions.
“It’s important to me in how we are all different and how we all get a big mix of many things,” he said.
Doug Spaulding and his wife, Barb Spaulding, run Canoes for Causes, through which they allow for the use of up to 80 canoes they store for an Indianapolis friend for local charitable events.
One of their causes raises funds for their granddaughter, Lilly, after her father and Doug Spaulding’ son, Robert “Bob” Spaulding, was murdered by an assailant who broke into his Indianapolis home in 2010.