We had been planning on going hiking today, but it has been so hot lately that I was a little concerned about the girls being out all day in such heat. I'm sure Chloe would have been fine, but I could just see Chessa's red hot face already. So we decided we should spend the day by the lake instead.
We started on one side of the lake where the path is so we could walk for a while.
Then we came to the spot where the girls and I went a couple weeks ago. They wanted to show daddy.
We thought it might be a good swimming spot but there was a lot of wind and waves, with the water getting deep pretty quickly. So we eventually moved on to the other side of the lake.
This is a very big lake! We found a nice area were we could lay out our blanket in the shade of the pine trees with a sandy beach and the waters edge just below.
The girls got to spend hours playing in the water, which was just what we wanted for them!
By the way, this happens to be a very, very extra special lake. You see, we used to live by this lake. Not 15 minutes away like we do now, but way towards the back of the lake, on the side of the mountain, in a small A-frame cabin. And that is the house where our dear Chloe Anne was born more than 9 years ago! But the house is not there anymore. There was a huge fire here in 2002, it burned for several weeks, it burned more than 70,000 acres! And it burned down that cabin. Fortunately we had just moved out the month before! Some other neighbors lost their homes too, but our friend next door was fortunate to have been spared. So we still go up and visit, and look out at the place where Chloe was born. There are still the aspens, and the yarrow, and the little blue flax flowers that we always said good morning to. "Good morning beautiful little blue flax flowers", every day when we walked outside...