There’s something special about summer memories. They have a different flavor than memories made during any other time of year. Today, I’m hoping to capture that in a few paragraphs taking about on my favorite places in the world.
It is upstream from the rest of the creek. Now there is a walking path there, but when we first discovered it, we had to walk upstream. It is too shallow for our kayaks, so we stash them on the shore. The water is always cold and the rocks are slippery, so I move gingerly but full of excitement.
I carry an inner tube on my shoulder. I know I must look ridiculous wearing water shoes, a wetsuit, a sun shirt, a life jacket, and an inner tube but this is a place where I am too happy to care.
Once we pass around the bend, we see gentle currents sliding down rocks. They are much too tame to be called rapids, though there is one rock where you have to watch for an undertow. I step deeper into the water because I know that the sooner my legs get used to it, the sooner I can enjoy myself.
I walk past two rocks for a quick test run before I journey further upstream. I love how quiet it is here, even on a Saturday. This is a place I like to think of as God’s water park. It’s a lot of fun as long as you don’t sprain your ankle or get covered in water bug larvae.
I place my inner tube in the water and sit on it, wincing at the cold water on my butt. I’ll get over it, I know. I use my feet to direct me to the first slide, In between the rocks. Then I am careful to keep my feet out of the water so I don’t scrape them on rocks.
The first slide is fun, but it’s much better when the slow current drags me to the next spot and we journey down the rocks together. Now the current is drifting lazily out to the creek, so I maneuver myself to the side to walk back upstream.
Again, this is no grand rapid excursion. Just my family at the mouth of a creek. The water is cold and filled with rocks. But this is the place where I feel happy and free.
What’s your favorite place in the world? Feel free to do this prompt on your blog or leave a comment below.