Our first outing was a hike yesterday. We did not reach our intended destination, but we did have a nice little adventure on the first sunny, warmish day of the year. I put my new camera around my neck, Jack slung his backpack over his shoulders, which was filled with water bottles, and Therese packed her own backpack with drawing supplies so she could sketch some nature scenes (her own idea!). Peter was the reluctant participant right from the start, and was carried by either Olivia or me most of the time. We walked down through the village, towards the playground and train station. There is a little bridge that crosses a little bubbling creek. The kids always want to stop there and play. As I was snapping pictures, I heard Therese cry out and turned to see her backpack floating downstream! Jack grabbed a large branch and caught it, and then Olivia was able reach out and retrieve it. Her notebook was only slightly dampened, still very usable for sketching nature. We then moved on toward the little hut at the top of the mountain. We only made it about halfway before realizing we would need to start heading home in order to arrive at play practice on time.
Here are the pictures from yesterday. I am still shooting all pictures in auto mode. I will get brave and try to branch out soon into the manual setting.
|On our way!|
|The calm side of the stream|
|The bubbling brook|
|Jack, age 9.|
|A team effort|
|The hero of the backpack excitement|
|Do you see the moon in between the trees?|
|In the shadow, but I still like this one|
|wet toes and backpack|
|Mr. Grumpy Pants|
|I coaxed at least one smile|
|I don't know what these are, but they are bursting forth everywhere I look and I find them so sweet and dainty.|
|I spy a covered wagon|
|I think there must have been another building there at one time.|