We are able to walk to a creek in about 5 minutes, and reach the spot where it empties into the river in 10 minutes. The boys found a spot that is deep and calm enough for swimming, so twice in the last several weeks we’ve walked down there on a Sunday afternoon. One of those days, they took Mr. Imagination’s boat along, and Simon floated in it down to the swimming hole. Then, they played with it and swam for awhile. It is a beautiful spot down there!
This time that we went down was two days after a torrential rain (we got 5 inches in two days; some places higher in the mountains got 2-3 times that much). The river obviously ran over this place—see how the grass is laid down!
Notice how the creek was still high. It had gone down about 6 inches since the day before, though.
When it was time to go back, Simon and Mr. Diligence twisted a grass rope with which to pull the boat up around a couple of bends, so they didn’t have to carry it so far.
These pictures were from the second time we walked down. Foxglove is in bloom everywhere now.
We crossed the creek just above its mouth. I liked this scene, with Gayle carrying Little Miss.
Mr. Diligence, Mr. Sweetie, and Mr. Imagination didn’t need help!
Simon gave Little Miss a ride home in his bike trailer, but going up the hill to get back to town was hard work. He stopped and had her push a little ways!
Here’s a video of the boat ride. Somehow, the quality turned out pretty poor; don’t try to full-screen it.