Invariably, water is always the game changer. The deciding factor. The extra plus weighted into the yes column. Almost any park or outdoor venue can be a good destination for my kids, but when you add water? It becomes the better choice.
Our favorite hikes in southern Utah a couple of summers ago were the wet hikes. Edging carefully up slate waterfalls and through canyon streams, swimming along the way in natural pools… those moist moments elevated extraordinary scenery into extraordinary experiences that grew us in new and delightfully freeing ways. A shameless wordsmith might say that they saturated us with remarkable memories.
Even in frigid winter, we’re drawn to the frozen falls and iced over trails of the Hocking Hills in southern Ohio. Maybe it’s that changeable aspect of water that invites us closer. It’s duality fascinates us. Eroding and building. Freezing and thawing. Ebbing and flowing. Changing the earth, changing itself. All the while sending leaves, logs and rocks on whimsical journeys…5 Comments