It was the. most. beautiful. run I have ever taken. Deep green forests, glorious seclusion, to rocky beaches, to a lighthouse, a jaunt on the sand, white sailboats over the deep blue water, craggy daisies and fall's bright berries, back to fern forests, and then the sad return to my car. I actually laughed out loud throughout the run over how shockingly beautiful each new turn became.
I arrived at home to my husband grilling hamburgers and teared up as I thanked him for the best gift I'd been given in a long time. "Told you," he said with a big, knowing grin on his face.
I was eager to take the girls back, so that they could experience Discovery as well. I soon learned that there is a reason for the deep seclusion...you can't park anywhere near the beaches. You literally have to take a mile or so hike in order to reap the rewards of the secluded beach. But these two little chicken wings were eager for the adventure:
It was a long go, and there were some serious hills,
But that first glimpse of the beach they'd been working for, made it all worthwhile:
As a parent, I am not sure there are any joys greater than watching the wonder of your children as they delight in new experiences
And learn to love one another
With the promise of a lighthouse and more sandy shoreline, we resumed our hike.
We met a frightful, eight-legged creature along the way:
That big sister, in her apprehension, convinced baby sister to touch
And when baby sister tried instructing her elder, she was accosted instead :)
Finally, we found the lighthouse.
And we stood at the pinnacle of our journey and talked of sailors long ago who would have crashed into these very rocks if not for this sturdy beacon, shining through the darkness
I asked it they would like to move into this house and become the new light-house keepers. Sounds enchanting to me.
They thought playing sounded much more fun
It was a wonderful, wonderful experience I hope they will never forget. I know I won't.