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A sandy surprise [Mar. 17th, 2008|12:30 pm]
Saturday, before I felt like I got hit by a steamroller (or more correctly, while I was getting hit by said steamroller) we took our city kids to Lake Houston Park.  Part of this park used to be a Girl Scout camp, one I went to several times when I was a girl.

We had planned to go hiking, but we didn't get far before I realized I needed to go home. But, we did have time for the kids to go wading in the creek, something The Boy has never done before. He said it was the best sandy surprise ever.


[User Picture]From: thecranewife
2008-03-17 05:52 pm (UTC)
I will take this post as a recommendation. Along with the absence of alligators in the picture. Sorry you feel sick :(
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-03-17 06:00 pm (UTC)
I would definitely recommend it. A park pass is $3 a person for everyone over 11. There are miles and miles of trails and a really nice nature center. I think there are bike trails as well.
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[User Picture]From: sweet3mich
2008-03-17 09:20 pm (UTC)
That's a great picture. Sandy surprises are always a joy!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-03-18 02:38 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I really regret that my kids are city kids.
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[User Picture]From: quaero_verum
2008-03-17 10:26 pm (UTC)
Wading in a sandy river/creek bed is *awesome*.

We used to go swimming all the time when I was a kid (back in my parents' flaming hippie days) and we knew of this super sweet spot on Evans Creek (because I just *know* you wanted to know which creek) with a big swimming hole and a great rock to jump from, way out the the country and unfettered by very little human traffic.

I used to catch tadpoles and water skimmers and collect these teeny little snail shells and we would spend hours there.... *sigh*

Oh, to go back...
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-03-18 02:40 pm (UTC)
My son couldn't believe it when I told him I grew up next to a creek and would spend all day playing in it.

Although looking back, it's a miracle none of us got snakebit.
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[User Picture]From: skipperja
2008-03-18 01:13 am (UTC)
The creeks up in the edge of the Ozark National Forest where I grew up had rocky bottoms. Some of them were just flat stone for yards. But there was plenty of sand on the banks and in the little road that went down there.

Is that you on the left? I suspect it's your daughter.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-03-18 02:41 pm (UTC)
There was a creek in my mom's old neighborhood in Chattanooga that was rocky like that. Those rocky get slippery!

Yes, that's my daughter on the left. Sigh. She's getting so grown up.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-03-18 01:50 am (UTC)
Wading in creeks is the best. (Especially when there aren't any snakes.) www.jodymace.com/news
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2008-03-19 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you didn't feel like hiking but glad the kids enjoyed their time in the creek. We live walking distance from a creek. This reminds me ... We've never waded in it. I'm putting that on our to-do list.

Get well soon!
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