We spent the last few days at our favorite place on the Current River. Thad grew up going to the this spot and he took me there our first summer together. We've been back almost every summer since, going on 14 years now.
It makes me so happy that our kids love it just as much as we do. This year, Clara brought along a photo book that I'd made for her 2nd birthday. As she looked through it, she suggested that I make a photo book of our camping trips at the river. That sounded like a pretty good idea to me.
So here's a little glimpse into that new project. It's become a tradition to take a photo of us next to the car packed to the gills with camping gear. The first photo is from 2004--our first trip as a family of three along with our dog Mattie. The next photo is from 2013--nine years later, our first trip without Mattie. She died the day before we left. It seemed like the best place to go to heal. The third photo is from last year, our first trip with Spencer. The last photo is this year--everyone is growing and changing and it gets a little easier each year.
This is it. There was a lot of fog this year and the river was up from all the rain we've had.
We spend a lot of time watching the clouds because the weather can change in an instant. This was just about an hour before a huge thunderstorm that flooded the roads and scared us half to death.
And then the next day everything was beautiful again.
We swim, we snorkel, we fish, we read, we look for cool rocks and shells, we lay in the hammock, we play Farkle, we watch for deer (we saw 17 this year!) and other critters, we gather firewood, and maybe best of all is that we don't use computers, phones, iPods, or iPads.
And then when we finally get home, we are all dirty and smelly and covered in sand. Everyone gets a shower!