We made it out again. Friday afternoon we said, “See ya later,” and packed up the kids, Scout, and some snacks for the road and left for McCall. It was exactly what we needed to reset. I think it’s really easy to forget how slow and non-urgent life can be when you’re away from the every day, even if that just means driving a few hours. We were away from laundry and away from house clutter. Work didn’t need us and all our other commitments were put on hold. We had the mountains and the lake and our McCall friends and it was perfect.
Huckleberries are out and we happen to have friends who don’t mind sharing their secret (not-so-secret now) spot.
If you’ve never been huckleberry picking, you won’t know that these gems…
…take forever and a day to pick. The berries are soft and delicate so you have to be careful when you pick. They break apart easily and, just like the picture, they rarely pop up in huge clumps. They stand alone so you have to pick them each individually. We managed to pick for a couple hours and got a gallon bag full.
Some ate more than they picked.
And some just hitched a ride.
But it’s cool because being in the mountains and letting the kids roam and explore was perfect. And we scored, too.
And of course no trip (to any location) would be complete without a trip to the skatepark.
Our McCall friends are skaters, too.
(is Little Alice the cutest or what?)
We’re so lucky that our kids get along so well with their kids. We’re missing Little Alice and Jamie in this picture, unfortunately, but you get the idea. They laugh and play the whole time they’re together and it’s perfect.
We managed to get out Saturday night and have dinner with Josh and Alexa while the big girls babysat. We enjoyed (t00 many) beverages and popped over to Jared and Audrey’s and hung for a bit before going back to the little monsters. The next day we scoped out some potential property options then headed to the river.
This spot was incredible and is now our new favorite.
The water was shallow the entire width of the river with virtually no current so the kids could walk across and back over and over and over without any worry.
We found frogs and tadpoles and baby fish.
We even found a snake.
We were surrounded by wild and the kids could feel the magic.
But today we’re back to our every day, which is okay. It’s hard to appreciate the wild when you don’t know the calm and mundane.
Maria has ballet intensive this week and we have a couple work things and kid’s camp. I should probably do some laundry and clean. I might con my neighbor into some drinks. Busy, busy week.