After a jam packed few days with cousins and grandparents we were all dragging just a little bit but we really wanted to get out and do a hike. It always clears out the cobwebs and soon after we get started we usually get a burst of energy so we decided to complete our hike to Sawmill Reservoir that we started in November (which I never posted about). It’s an easy hike along Sawmill Creek that ends up at a beautiful reservoir which I honestly didn’t know was there until I started researching hikes this summer. 1.5 miles out and back was exactly what we needed.
It’s a really pretty hike where can you see and hear the creek the entire time. We heard arumor on our way back that there were fairy houses somewhere along the way but we didn’t see them or know to look for them until we were almost finished. Next time we will find them though.
There are several places to stop and play in the creek or have leaf races like the boys love to do. We took our time and eventually ended up at the reservoir.
Grayson really wants to fish. He has been asking us everyday when we can go fishing and what the best way to catch a fish is so when he saw this big body of water and other people fishing in it he decided he had to fish. He found a stick and some fishing line that someone had left behind and proceeded to make his own fishing pole with Graham’s help.
Then Olivia had to have one too. She also had to take off her pants as soon as she saw the water and I said she could get in.
I love seeing the differences in our children. Olivia didn’t hesitate to shed her clothes and get in the water, to get dirty in the sand and the dirt. Gray is a bit more cautious, warming up to the idea once he sees that it’s actually pretty fun. I encourage both of them to do these things any chance we get because this is their childhood. Get dirty, make a mess, strip down to your underwear and take a dip in the water, make a fishing pole with a stick and fishing line someone left behind, be a kid. Dirt washes off. Wet clothes will dry. But these moments and opportunities for creating memories and encouraging play and their imaginations won’t always come so freely.
So jump in that water and don’t let a little dirt hold you back.