One of the benefits to living in the mountains, near the mountains and surrounded by the mountains is that you don't have to travel very far to get to the mountain air. You know, the calmness, the beauty, the tranquility that the area exudes....or in my case the splashing, laughing and energy that 5 kids can exude.
A couple roads down from our house is Bear Farm Road. It dead-ends at a couple of old logging roads, which are just perfect for walking. There are also some nice areas to play in the water. Paved on the bottom for vehicles to drive through and your average river rock bottom on either side.
With all the rain we've been getting the water was moving pretty quickly the last time we were there. Annika had to stay near the edge or she would get knocked down. The boys, however, ran through, attacked the water, and shredded sticks and weeds in the rapid water.
We spotted this little guy moving upstream across one of the paved areas. He was hard to see with the glare on the water, but Cale managed to nab him.
Annika and Lakin busied themselves with a couple salamanders they found along the bank.
Annika refused to leave the little things alone. She would try and catch them and put them in the water and watch them swim back to shore. She was content to follow their path until they finally disappeared in the wet leaves and sand on the bank.
While the boys, played their favorite throw-the-biggest-rock-you-can-find game. It's the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer afternoon.
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