Daughter Anita, with husband Dan, their daughter Sierra, 4, and son Bryce, 2, arrived for a visit last Saturday. They are an avid hiking family and are breaking the kids in with short hikes to interesting places when they can.
Last Sunday we went to the campground at the end of the dirt road on Wild River; then we took the trail up Blue Brook to the first set of waterfalls. Along the way, Bryce entertained himself by picking green beech leaves and stuffing them into his left pants pocket until they were sticking out and he couldn’t get any more in. With Bryce, there is always too much to see and do along the way to hurry.
At the base of the falls, the little ones entertained themselves with throwing rocks into the pool. Then Snuffy joined in and chased rocks into the water, where he submerged his head to the base of his ears picking rocks up off the bottom. A couple times he caught Bryce’s left-handed tosses before they reached the water. Often he picked up baseball-size rocks, carried them up the brook bank and entertained himself by rolling the rocks into the leaves and then searching until he found them. Somehow, he was usually able to identify and retrieve his specific rock from beneath the water’s surface. I don’t know how he does that! We were all entertained by the combined antics of children and dog.
It is fun to watch the development of young children. Last year, Sierra liked to pick on Bryce and take toys away from him. This year, Bryce has learned how to push all of Sierra’s buttons; sometimes he steals her toys; other times he grabs a handful of hair! They both seem to relish making the other screech. They are both very active and are adept at stretching their parents’ patience to the limit. Nice to be observing all this without responsibility for corrective action!
In another vein, Dan Whitman and I spent most of last week at the Bethel Legion hall. There, we removed all the old ceiling tiles, painted the white cross ties and installed beautiful new tiles. Dan is to be especially commended because he worked through considerable discomfort resulting from a recent medical procedure. Added to the bright new ceiling lights that Brian Strickland installed the previous week, we now have a much lighter, brighter facility!