This great path that we travel while trying new things and blogging our results has bled over into my private life more and more. It also has led me to taking wonderful steps in adventure and having ever so much fun. Here is an example:
My husband and I thought it would be great fun to go to the headwaters of the Mississippi River and jump across. Well, being a bit naive, we didn’t realize you can walk across, but is WAAAYYY to far to jump. Walk across I did. And followed the Mississippi from the headwaters to Winona, Minnesota. That’s as far as we got this year. During that week I walked on rocks, climbed more stairs than I can count to vista views, hiked more trails than I can name, and more. All with my cane, and all in great fun.
You see, I have spinal stenosis and arthritis in both hips. I’m really not all that strong. The beauty gave me strength to keep going. It was so breathtaking, the beauty of the birds in flight, the eagles in wing, the river flowing. Oh my. Let me post a bit of a picture view.
Thank you all my many here friends. Last year I would not have even planned this trip. This year I said, well, let me see what I can do. It might be fun. Oh, what I would have missed! Thank you, all of you. Thank the power that made this wondrous land, and those who serve and protect it for future generations to enjoy.
Many people know that I spend much of my time babysitting my grandchildren. At ages 9, 8 and 2, and all boys, they can be both a handful and a delight. This week during the heat wave and very high humidity, I learned a valuable lesson from them that I won’t forget for a long time.
We are not financially “set” in many regards, and have very few water toys. We have no pool. What we do have is a huge assortment of water cannons and guns, two massive washtubs, and a sprinkler. One day the boys came racing in to tell me they were “creating” a game for the baby and his friends. (The closest friend is 5, but the idea was there.) They had my permission, raced back out of the house and began setting up. Several hours later they came back in the house, wet, refreshed, and laughing together.
As they showed me how the games worked, (basketball into a tub, hose play, water balloons, gun games, etc.) they explained that you would complete one task/game before moving on to the next. That way there would be no problems with taking turns. Their vision grew and they created a poster for the games as well. Needless to say, I had to let them put it in the front yard for the 4th of July. What delighted me the most was the name of this adventure.
How could you not have fun there? Sometimes when we go to extra efforts to make something happen, we are reluctant to take the credit we have earned. I now know it is perfectly fine to accept awesomeness at any time. You don’t need money or “things” for that. Just the belief that you are making it so.