Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday Love: Family Outings

Even though I am away, I still wanted to do a blog post for Monday Love & Inspiration.

Remember when you were younger and your family wanted to go on those kooky little outings? When you were very small you loved to go, but then as you turned into a teenager you always thought you were too cool, and would rather hang out with your friends than go spend the day with them? When you get older, those things are suddenly fun again and you appreciate them!

We went on one of those outings today. We took a drive up into the mountains to pan for gold. We drove for 50 miles, climbed a very large step ladder that allowed access to the river and waded across icy waters to get to that perfect sandbar.

We had such a wonderful time. We only found a few minuscule pieces of gold, but that wasn't really the point of going.

We laughed and enjoyed the day. It was sunny and the mountain air was fresh. The water was clear even if it was cold. At one point I lost my shoe and it went down river. R tried to get it, but the water was too deep. Luckily it got caught up in a small eddy near the far bank and he hiked around to get it for me.

He was almost back when the current decided to remove my other shoe from my foot, so he had to traipse around and get the other one. We laughed so hard.

Later we stopped to eat at a quaint roadside eatery and had some of the best sandwiches I have ever had. Maybe it was just the mountain air and the company...but those sandwiches were great!

It's funny how things come full circle, whether it's shoes floating down the river, or great times with your family...but the best circle, is the circle of love that holds those days in it's embrace.

3 comments:

ginger said...

What an uplifting story to begin the day. Have a wonderful rest of your trip with family!

Amanda said...

What a lovely day out. My daughter is 14 next week and getting to the age where she does'nt want to go out with us, a shame as we miss those times. Still if I wait a decade or so we could be going out again, as grandparents!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

bensonbear said...

Haven't been on a family outing in such a long time, yours sounded like a great one, Kelly, safe journey home!

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