Taking a 3 year old on a 5 .4 km hike might seem a stretch but you know what, it really isn't so hard. Motivation is the key. If you can keep them rolling forward with some focus, the rest is just puddle jumping, a bit of bug swatting, and admittedly some piggy back rides from daddy.
The four of us rambled down the Pine Point Rapids trail in Nutimik, within the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Summer is in full swing. All the wildflowers are blooming, the paths lush and green. Butterflies circle and dance at our ankles and blue damsel flies hover about the clover. Our favourites are the frogs though. Todd is a pretty good frog catcher. He tells me he did it a lot as a kid, and I believe it. He's sneaky. I'm not so quick, but I do ok with my camera. Check out the wonderful speckled green frog (below) that I caught hoping across my path.
The rapids at Pine Point had swollen along with all the lakes and rivers in the area. I smelled a stench from the rocks, soon spotting an entire pool of stranded tadpoles rotting in a stagnant puddle. YUCK! Things aren't always so magical when you wander into the bush. I didn't take a picture. Todd demonstrated with leaves and twigs how fast the rapids can catch you and send you down over the rocks. Luke and Eve named them. "There goes Evie! There goes Mommy!" Wheeeee!
Luke has become interested in carving a walking stick for himself. We didn't have the tools to really get the job done, so he peeled the bark and brought it home to work on here. Eve saw what was going on and had to have one too. Hers was more of a twig really. It was pretty cute.
Seriously, can summer never end? Please?