Updated: Oct 5, 2020
For an adventurous spirit like me, the last few weeks have been quite challenging. It is starting to feel like we have been stuck indoors for eternity! Aside from the obvious pandemic thingy, we've been really confined at home (with doors and windows closed) because of the thick smoke that was blowing in from forest fires in the U.S.A. Then, just as that cleared, we were stuck at home because of the torrential rains that followed. Now, we are battling snotty noses from germs that obviously teleported into the house since we have been no where!
Being at home so intensely did a number of things for us: It gave us all time to gain more clarity on our goals.
-My son decided to take up online Ukulele classes with an amazing music instructor. (Click Here for His Facebook Page).
-The younger two helped me organize all the toys, and willingly purged many of the toys we store inside the compartment of the couch. We love making donations to our local thrift store!
-I've filed all our bills from January- That was depressing- Not a recommended activity. I even had the time to wash the floors, on my hands and knees, like I was planning to eat off of it! The 5 second rule extends endlessly in this house!
While all this domestic activity was occurring the fall air began to creep in. I couldn't help but reminisce on our summer fun. Wow did we ever have tremendous momentum with our outings! Despite already having 50 blog posts, with most of them being about parks we visited, I am still backlogged on the places we went that I can't wait to share with you.
I concluded I operate very much like a pendulum. I swing IN and OUT of the house with great enthusiasm. I go for great adventures and then I go home (to blog about it! haha). One of our amazing summer pendulum swinging adventures landed us north of Harrison Hot Springs at Hicks Lake with two of my kindred spirit home schooling sisters and their children.
The view from our campsite over Hicks Lake
If you've read my previous post on our first time Ocean Side Camping >> Click here <<, you already know how much I love taking the kids camping despite the tremendous amount of work it is to make it look seamless. So, when we were invited by the homeschooling Goddess of a mama, in the picture above, to camp at Sasquatch Provincial Park, I said YES!
Have you noticed I like to say YES to just about any opportunity that crosses my path (safe-ish ones that is).
Three kids were stuffed into my oversized tent and they spent every waking moment of their days biking and playing and exploring nature and wild life around us.
They had the best time roasting hotdogs and marshmallows in the evenings, and it was all so very therapeutic for my foster child- he even relinquished his eating obsession completely during this adventure.
Being in nature is always a great way for my kids to pause and get grounded.
We woke each morning to a postcard type of view- looking up from the base of majestic mountains. The lake was so refreshing it allowed me to dive into the experience featured in one of my all time favorite movies: >>Their Eyes Were Watching God<< I lay there endlessly floating and getting lost in the clouds.
I hadn't swam any sort of distance in a long time and thoroughly enjoyed swimming across the full length of the lake a couple of times while all the kids kayaked beside me
They were motivated to paddle the journey with minimal whinging because we had the goal of having a picnic and playing in the sand on the other side.
One of the best purchases I've ever made are the >>wet suits << my kids wear in most of our water play. Bonus-It keeps the sand from going in places you don't ever want sand to go. haha!
I observed that my kids play in all elements with great joy. From being buried in the sand, to splashing in the water. I love how easily they transform into being comfortable in whatever setting we find ourselves. Being adaptable to life and its challenges is such an important skill and they get to practice in a natural environment thanks to our home schooling philosophy.
One evening, I went swimming again with my soul sisters and enjoyed a cooling rinse before bed. Just look at that view! Of course I had packed my house coat and enjoyed coming out of the lake and wrapping myself up in its snugly comfort before warming up around a campfire.
We camped for 4 days and it was hard to leave at the end. We all wanted the joy of the week to linger so we stopped downtown Harrison and explored the hot springs that just emerge at the side of the road and are open and free to anyone wanting to have a quick dip.
Note to self- always wear your nice underwear when you go camping. I did not, but that didn't stop me from hopping in to this divine experience with my kids. Of course once we had all climbed in we marveled at the warmth of the water and all the healing properties in hot springs.
Afterwards, still dragging our heels on goodbyes, we snacked on french fries as the children played on the playground
Harrison is a great little day trip vacation spot. We had contemplated having Denzel's 8th birthday on this amazing in water playground but after reading reviews on just how frigidly cold the Harrison glacier lake was, we made alternative plans at the Big Splash Water Park- I'll share that amazing experience with you in a future post.
I'm already looking forward to next year and wondering how I will possibly be able to squeeze in all our newly discovered and favorite spots into one summer calendar! Life is short-I plan to get my money's worth!
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