Lil Guy had the day off of school today.
I had already gotten Lil Fella off to 7th grade when we sat down to breakfast.
We discussed the options of what we might do, me and him, his brother was at school and ‘other dad’ busy at work.
He picked ‘going into the woods’. (Which was my first pick because it’s free and I’m feeling poor)
Off to John Bryant State Park. (otherwise known as the gorge )
It’s beautiful, these pictures do not do it justice, you have to be there to take it in.
After breakfast he came out of the house and declared;
“Okay, I’m ready” wearing only the swimming trunks you see in the pictures. I grabbed a couple ‘just in case’ items and we hopped into ol’ rusty and took off.
Lil Guy said he’d catch a fish with his bare hands if we got hungry…
‘You mean lost’ I thought, but kept to myself.
The Gorge is basically a massive valley, you hike down first, there is a river/ or creek at the bottom, then you can hike up the other side. That side has all the little water falls and strange rock formations.
There’s supposed to be a huge water fall that I have yet to find with little ones trailing behind.
It’s dangerous if you’ve got a fear of heights. Stick to the trial, or walk off a cliff. And people take mountain bikes…
Lil Guy just kept making me think of Lord of the Flies the whole time.
I kept imagining a huge boulder falling off a cliffs edge, scary, and that lil fella who wore glasses and got picked on.…… it’s kind of a sad story really, and kids who survive on their own are actually very real threat, not sad/ lonely/ and helpless like we might imagine.
Anyways, I’d like to camp there, or at least venture out on my own, or with Adam. It’s a good place to think. I’m sure it did Lil Guy some good to be out in nature, you can’t rush things, or shortcut, no cell phone service, no one to get attention from.
I can stand by silently, like one of the moss covered rocks or fallen trees; let him test the theories of ‘if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it…’
Sometimes you need to stand there by yourself in order to realize how small you are in the scheme of things. How big everything else is, and how you might just very well need it in order to survive in this world.
I don’t mind taking my little one out to test those theories, Lord knows I could’ve used someone safe to go out and scream and yell at the world with. I could use a second chance really… if it were given. Until then;