Sunday Lake Outlaws

Today Davey, Buster and I headed over to our little local lake.


Buster did some serious “busting” through the water.  He got me soaking wet with his jumping around.   Davey tried leading him around in the water.  No easy feat for a little guy.



We had a little picnic of Nilla Wafers and strawberries, and we chatted.  Davey has become very very into Pokemon, and he enjoys explaining how it all works.



Buster learned about Pokemon as well.



I had brought some acrylic paint along because I thought Davey might want to paint some rocks.  He told me that we could not do that.  “Mama, you are an outlaw!”  (I’ve discussed the possibility of yarn bombing with him as well, and I get the same response.)

He watched me paint a rock first.  I get very intricate and fancy in my painting.



He decided it might not be too “illegal”, and he decided to paint too.



We went to work on several rocks.



I enjoyed it. I think Davey liked it too.  He particularly enjoyed the placement of the rocks.  We wanted to leave them for someone to just happen to find. I placed them like this.



Davey was not satisfied with my arrangement.  He went to work.



He thought this was much better.

We splashed around with Buster, painted rocks, and experimented with what floats and what doesn’t float.  He also enjoyed watching another dog swim out and fetch stick after stick.

I took several pictures.  He told me several times that I should not put them on facebook. My blog is ok though, he said.  I am not sure that I mentioned to him that I have the blog set up to share the link with facebook.  I think he’s ok with it though.  For now.


Geocaching and a Little Boy

We are full on into summer, and it’s great, but I’ve also been trying to find new activities for us to try out.

We used to letterbox in Colorado, and it was a lot of fun.  We tried to find a letterbox in the Japanese garden on campus the other day, but it was nowhere to be found.  We followed the clues really closely, but I think the box may have been moved.

I thought it would be fun to try geocaching.  I got an app for my phone and immediately had the information for several geocache sites in town.  I guess once upon a time, you had to look at the coordinates, use a compass and actually navigate to the site?  Now, I follow the line, and stay within the “cone” on the line to guide us to the site.  Pretty easy, except that once you are within 20-30 feet, you have to search carefully to find it.  People log their finds though and often leave clues, so when I had trouble, I looked at the log.  I was surprised by how popular geocaching is.  Both spots I went to had been found numerous times in the last few weeks, including by people traveling from other parts of the country.  I had thought it was popular, but wow!

I went by myself first to kinda scope it out.  The first one was by the closed down bowling alley, and I couldn’t find it to save my life, so I thought I’d try it again later.

One of the best things about geocaching is that it takes you to new places.  I found the second one next to Mercer Creek.  It was a beautiful grassy shaded area.



I spotted the geocache and then went home to get Davey (it was pretty hot already and so I thought I would make it easier on him.  I parked a little ways away so we’d have to follow the path to the geocache).


Geocaches are neat because there are little trinkets in there.  Very fun for a little boy.  You take a trinket, but then you have to leave one as well.  Davey had fun deciding.  He finally chose a little plastic hand clappy flappy thing, we signed the log, and then he carefully put it back where we found it.  (We left a CWU keychain behind.)



He was inspired, and he wanted to help me find the cache that I wasn’t able to find.

Here was the problem for us though.


We were pretty sure it was buried in that short cedar/evergreen shrubby stuff.  It was hot out.  There were spiderwebs – so I assumed spiders in there.  Cedar is scratchy and we are allergic.  On the plus side, I was not worried that there would be a copperhead in there waiting for me.  We looked around for awhile, but one of the clues suggested that we’d have to be willing to look low and get dirty.  We weren’t willing so we decided to come back another time.  More specifically, Davey suggested that David come with us and find it as he is a “warrior” and bigger and it would be easier for him.  Maybe we will try that although David loves spiders about as much as Davey and I do.

Then yesterday, a little boy showed up at our house.



Where did he come from?

littleboy1He got a haircut and he just looks like such a big kid now.

He’s just a little guy though.  I got a new attachment for the hose, and he played and played and played with it.



He’s little for awhile longer.


Evening Walk on the Yakima

A couple of evenings ago, we went down to the Yakima to look for driftwood for Flappy the betta’s tank.  There is a really beautiful trail that goes along the river for about a mile.  We’d discovered it right after we moved here last summer, but we’d not been back yet.  We had especially not gone back in the evening.  This is my favorite part of the day, and the light was wonderful.

I love to take pictures of Davey and David walking together.



I also love to take pictures of just Davey walking along.  He’s almost always pretending about something.



He did get upset with me at some point.  I am trying to remember why, but I can’t for the life of me remember.  So I took some pictures of him irritated at me.  I guess maybe I shouldn’t do that.  I’m fast though.


And not 5 seconds later, he’s starting to come out of it anyway.  He’s not one to stay mad.

Another Daddy Davey/ father son study.  Love how they are both looking to the side.  They look so similar in their poses.



I have to go walk down there again soon.  It is so pretty and peaceful.



Ok one more of Davey and David hand in hand.  I can not resist.


Exploring Again

It’s summer, and we are doing some exploring again around Ellensburg.

A week or so ago we went to the Teanaway River.  It’s only about a 35-40 minute drive from our house.  It’s a beautiful 35-40 minute drive too.   We went to the Teanaway Community Forest.  There are several campgrounds there and more river exploring to be done in the future.  As we started to look around, we crossed a bridge and down below there was a really pretty rocky beach.  There was parking right there too, so we decided to stop, have our picnic, and play.

The river is beautiful.  There’s this smooth rock and where it meets the river, it makes for a really interesting green looking water.teanaway-green


We had a great view of the mountains too.  I like that mountain.  It’s so craggy.



teanaway-mountainWe had our lunch and then Davey found some new friends to play with.  There were a couple of other families there for awhile, and the kids immediately began playing hide and seek.

I love Davey hiding in the flowers.



David decided that he was going to try out the fishing.



While David was fishing (and not catching anything, but having fun anyway), Davey and I explored and played in the water (the kids left not too long after we got there).  Davey happened on a big limb.  He named him “Stickie”.  We had to take care of Stickie (proof that Davey can imagine with absolutely anything).

We released him to the river, but then we had to go “rescue” him about 50 yards down the river.

teanaway-stickieDavey wanted to bring Stickie home, but I told him that he’d probably still be on that beach waiting for us when we returned.  He was a little unwieldy to carry around much.  (the stick not Davey although Davey is getting unwieldy too these days).

Davey spent a week where he was pretty much a puppy human.  He’s coming out of it now for the most part, but he was full on puppy for awhile when we were at the river.



I am looking forward to returning to the Teanaway.  It was a great spot for Davey to play. Great rocks for throwing, sticks to gather and pretend with, oh and we did see a snake.  I was very proud of my calm reaction.  The snake freaked out Davey a little, but I tried to explain how the snake just wanted to get away from us (inside, I wanted to run screaming the opposite way myself!).

I think I convinced him to return to the river with us (Davey not the snake!).


Umtanum Falls…almost: Icey Rode A Hed!

We decided to try a new hike today.  There is a waterfall called Umtanum Falls about 10 miles out of town.  Such a pretty drive into the Yakima canyon.  There was also quite abit more snow out there then in town so Davey of course loved this.

The hike to the falls is about a mile walk.  It’s pretty flat and wasn’t too difficult except for being a little slick in areas.  There seemed to be a thick layer of ice covering the trail.  Fortunately enough snow had fallen to give us some traction.



We encountered a few obstacles along the way.  Davey liked to name each obstacle.  This was the Animal Bridge.  Davey wanted to go under it, and apparently Buster wanted to go over it.  I went up and around it as I was not too interested in crawling through.



We challenged David to go under.  He assumed some kind of push-up position and scrambled through.



He came through in what I think is called upward facing dog.



We went through a very pretty arbor (while it was so snowy and pretty,  I can’t wait to see the arbor and the rest of the trail in the late spring and again in the fall).



I think it was as we walked through the “arbor” that I noticed just these little clusters of green moss in the trees.  I was kind of fascinated by these little bits of color, plus they were also in one of my favorite shades of green.



We also passed by “The Field of Brown Sticks”.



Unfortunately, about a quarter of a mile from the falls (we think), we had to turn around.  The trail went into the woods and it just got too slick and icy.  So close!  But no fun to slip and slide either.  Here we were at our turnaround point.



On the way back, Davey found what he called his “writing utensil”.  He kept writing warning messages in the snow along the trail.  “Icey Rode A Hed”!  (I think that’s pretty close to his spelling.  It was hard to tell for sure in the snow.)  I am so amazed by his emerging literacy.  All of a sudden, he can read.  He’s writing words completely out of his head!  I love watching this happen.




So the plan is to return and try this again after the ice melts and the mud dries.




There Once Was a Boy Who Loved the Beach

There once was a boy who loved the beach.



I think he might have inherited this love for the ocean from his Oma.




He embraced the sand.  Literally.



He made sand angels.



They turned out great.



He wrote his name in the sand.



And sprinkled the result with more sand.



He paused for a moment here (it could be my dad standing here – Davey has his stance).



There once was a boy who loved the beach!



A Little Hike with the Davids

We took Davey up Manastash Ridge a little ways today.  We were looking for some snow (he is so ready for snow).  


There’s not much up there, and he didn’t want to hike quite high enough to see a little more, but he did get to crunch through just a little bit on the trail.  This made him pretty happy.  



We are having a heat wave here today.  It’s in the 40s, and after 20 degree days for a couple of weeks, 40 feels really good.  It was really nice to be outside. The view was quite nice too.



Davey’s favorite part of the walk though centered around this:



There was an icy trench along the very beginning of our walk.

Davey worked hard throwing rocks to try to break the ice, but the water in the trench was frozen solid.



David tried several times to break the ice with bigger rocks.  He was being very silly in his attempts, and Davey was about to fall over he was laughing so hard. 

I was able to walk to the top yesterday with Buster.  Some nice college girls got a good picture of Buster and me at the top.



Can’t wait to go back!