This may be my favorite spot we have visited so far. It’s tucked away off of HW 550 behind the Rapp Corral. It’s actually a campground but they allow day use of the area. We saw plenty of people fishing and some paddleboarders along with kayakers. The views of the Hermosa Cliffs are breathtaking. There is just something special to me about being in the mountains and also being by the water. I’ve always said that would be my dream spot for a home. Maybe that’s why I love this spot so much, why I’m drawn to it. I could sit and watch the kids play on the shoreline all day. Running back and forth looking for minnows to catch in their net, searching for bugs and animal tracks.
Grayson has really been interested in learning how to fish this trip and I can’t think of a better setting to teach him to fish in. I forgot how patient you have to be while fishing, that it can take awhile before you get your first bite. I think he was under the impression that we would just throw the line out and reel in a fish or two right away. We have not caught a fish yet but we are going out again today to try. The first day we went out to Haviland Lake he was determined to catch a minnow with his bare hands. Once he realized that it was more difficult than he thought he decided that we needed to buy a net. Now that we have a net he wants to catch everything in it, including a fish. Forget the fishing pole, he’s going to catch one in the net. We will see how that works out.
We stayed relatively close to the shoreline on our visit but the kids still thought they were exploring in the forest. There are big boulders that they wanted to climb on and pretend they were kings of the world and little trails that they thought would lead them to an animal’s hideout. It’s wonderful to see their imaginations run wild without the help of technology. It’s just them, outside, surrounded by nature.
The second day we went to Haviland Lake was actually after naps, in the evening. We took our fishing pole, that stopped working, and the fishing net and stayed until the storm started to roll in. Olivia has always loved taking pictures of herself but this trip her interest in taking pictures of everything and everyone else has taken off. I have started handing her my phone and letting her play photographer.
And that last picture of her; this is her personality in a nutshell. Strong willed and full of sass. That’s what we are working with over here.
Also, I have been documenting our trip pretty well on Instagram. You can follow along @meandmotherhood