The Man On The Bridge – OHS064

My family has been living in the same apartment for the past seven years. It is located right next to the Boise Greenbelt and the Boise River. The Boise River Greenbelt is a paved pathway that runs on both sides of the river for people’s enjoyment and recreation. Over the years I have seen the seasonal ebb and flow of people from summer to winter. In the winter the Greenbelt is open and vast. In the summer it is usually very well populated and active. I love to see families riding their bikes, skateboarders doing tricks, couples holding hands, the masses of people floating the Boise River, and the entire mix of recreational undertakings unfolding on the Greenbelt.

I have spent quite a bit of time running and walking on the Greenbelt. Sometimes on a weekend afternoon I will get a lot of stares and looks from young child because I do not have two hands. Other times I will see people I know and we will stop to chat a bit. On more rare occasions it will just be me running with the cool river breeze, the sound of the river water rushing, and encountering more animals than people. It is such a fortune to live so close to the Boise River with quick “backdoor” access to the Greenbelt.

On my runs I tend to cross or pass by a bridge connecting the two sides of the Greenbelt at Ann Morrison Park. I started to notice a man on this bridge from time to time. Not all the time… Just “time to time.” He was just standing there leaning on the rail of the bridge doing what seemed like nothing. I then realized I would see him mostly during my early evening runs. This has been going on for years.  As I started to see him more and more I realized what he has been doing all these years. I know him only in my thoughts as “The Man On The Bridge.”

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Show Notes:

  • The benefits and beauty of living next to the Boise River and the Boise River Greenbelt.
  • The beauty of nature.
  • Seeing familiar things on a consistent basis.
  • Noticing the man on the bridge.


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