March 31, 2010

The River.

Day 1
river day 1


Day 2
river day 2


Perfect weather – not hot, not cold (albeit, not hot enough for the cold water to feel “refreshing”). Fearful Dog Dude fared better than I expected. But gosh, he’s a clueless dog. In the first picture of him … he’s trying to shake off the water while standing chest high in it! Not pictured: my two ski runs … in my shorty wetsuit leftover from BEFORE I had kids. Big Dude, after watching the humiliating spectacle of me getting into and out of said suit, decided NOT to try the same with his old wetsuit. ahem. No fish caught, but fun to cast. And Big Dude cracked up the Little Dudes with his cartoon quotes … “SpongeBob, does this look dangerous?!?”

Also not pictured, and I mention it only to keep things “real”: the whining. Oh, yes. And the endless questioning of when we would be returning to the car. sigh. BIG HUGE SIGH. One of my favorite places on earth. Little Dudes did NOT have my same appreciation for the place, the experience, the relaxation … Wanna know my theory why? My Dudes are part of the Gameboy/Xbox/Computer game generation. Methinks it’s robbed them of some of the simpler joys in life. And truly, that makes me sad. It also makes me consider the possibilities and pay-offs of a period of “prohibition” (hey, how ‘bout that alliteration?!?) … yo, Dudes, are you listening??? This is your most excellent opportunity to learn to pretend to love the simple joys in life before I yank the privileges of your gaming time!!!

Overall, though, a great couple days at the River … And now I need to get off the computer and go exercise so that getting into my wetsuit next time won’t be such an ordeal. Or, perhaps I’ll just go buy a new one … ;-)

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10 comments:

Becky @ The Shea Family said...

looks like fun, we will have to venture out that way very very soon.

Tracy P. said...

You should frame that b/w of Middle Dude laughing. My favorite!

I'm theorizing that all the whining is meant to help us later to enjoy traveling with just our spouses without missing having kids along. We'll see how that goes. If we live that long. ;-)

Katarina said...

Now that looks like fun! (you know, if my husband was a water person and there wasn't still ice on the lakes....!)

BigDude said...

Lies! I didn't even BRING my wetsuit...
Everyone should know that the comment from little Dude when you first got up skiing was 'Wow! She's really good!'

Rebekah said...

If we were planning on a boat trip, I'm sure my boys would ask if they could take the DS's along for the ride! lol

#1 Brother said...

Ahh, you should have told me. Just got the boat formerly known as "Daddy's Wagon" back from its engine rebuild. I am sure I could have talked Jenny into "Spring Breaking" at the River.

Skeller said...

#1- it was way spur of the moment. Decided on Saturday to head out Sunday and return Monday. Stopped by Cliffsite. Current Owner said he still has Papa's old Campbell boat plates in the shed :-)

Discipula said...

Susan, I'm impressed!! Great pics...great thoughts...great alliteration. :)

Anita Johnson said...

You go to the most beautiful places...honestly, I love to see them. I think our "kids" are just that much older than yours(22 and 25, that we missed some of the electronic distractions when we traveled years ago. I know that would have bothered me too. And lastly, buy a new wetsuit. It's just so much easier! Beautiful pictures once again!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love the pictures. And I SO think what you think about how it is harder for kids to appreciate little simple things since they are used to high technology, etc.

PS I bet you looked HOT in your wetsuit : )