My granddaughter really loved spending time with her cousin, and she is a hand holder. It was sweet to see them walking together hand in hand. During our action packed week, we went to the pool. We went bowling. We went to the park twice. We went to Ringing Rocks Park. William scampered out a lot farther than I dared to go with a 3 year old. It seemed like the best rocks were in the middle of the field, but my granddaughter enjoyed her hammer time and we did find some 'ringers'.
Another great thing? My son got to come home. It was unexpected, but so wonderful to get an evening with him as well before we headed out.
We stopped at Crystal Cave on the way home. It was William's first time doing a cave tour and he felt like quite the adventurer. At one point, the guide asked for volunteers. His hand shot up and he was chosen. His job was to turn off the light switch so that we could see how dark it was for the first people that explored the caves. The room went black, and there were audible gasps. I knew that William would not like it, and lo, he did not. His cell phone was out of his pocket immediately and his little light shone in the darkness.
One strange thing? He picked out his souvenirs with agonizing care. He got a fossilized shark's tooth, a piece of meteorite, and a post card. When I paid the money, I received my change, with three silver quarters (as opposed to the 'sandwich' quarters ~ so named for the layer of copper between the two nickel-copper layers~ which have been in use since 1965) I was shocked not only because I recognized right away what I had, but also that I had received three of them. I said to the cashier, "Um. You're aware that you are handing out silver quarters, which are worth a lot more than 25 cents?" She said, "Oh well...lucky you."
I did feel very lucky. On the way home, William studied the quarters, and I told him how I remembered reading about the 'new' quarters back when I was just a child, in our Weekly Reader news paper at school. One quarter was minted in 1950. His great-grandma and grandpa were about his age when that coin was made. The other two were dated 1959 and 1961, when I was just two and four. He was a little surprised to read that just for the silver alone, they were worth about $3.50 each.
The trip excitement was seeing a very large dead bear at the side of the road. You don't often see them and it was a bit of a shock. To top it all off, we saw another on the way home, about 20 miles from where we saw the first. He was a much smaller one.
William also caught sight of a fox coming home with dinner.
We got home about 5:30. I'm beat, but it was a wonderful break.
Our new tenant posted pictures of his new home, and his river view from his newly finished back deck. He seems very happy with things.
That makes all the work worthwhile.