At the beginning of quarantine (when the weather was still nice in TX!), we built Bubba a fort!
Living in town, we have pretty much no yard. We did however have a small unutilized patio space - about 7'x6.5'. After looking everywhere for something that would fit our space, we decided to build our own. I designed a little mock up for Samir and I to build. And then (literally as he was at Lowe's picking up lumber), I found a shorter fort at Academy that we could modify for our purpose instead! So we made it taller (both upstairs and down so he can stand fully), and added a rock wall and our own ladder. Bubba loved helping us design and build it too! It's the perfect size for him and can comfortably fit 2-3 kids his size. Or me and him! The total footprint is 4'x5' not including a couple feet of clearance around.
The fort is great for pretend play and for Bubba to go on his little adventures! He comes up with the funnest stories from pirates to saving wounded whales. Plus I can watch him from inside as it's right out our window so he can play by himself.
Some fun things we added to encourage play:
1) A cast iron triangle to ring!
2) Steering wheel
4) Wood scraps that he pretends are sword or food
And that's it! We didn't want to overly curate how he played on it. The only other thing I still want to add is a rope bucket and pulley since we don't have room for the slide pole I originally wanted.
Do your kiddos have a fort or tree house? What do they play?!
The Lewis family from Houston, Texas was a fun bunch to spend the morning on a freestone creek that flows off of 6'200 feet of elevation.
They all progressed rapidly with casting, mending, hooksets, and most importantly getting a great "presentation" with single dry flies. It is no doubt my favorite thing to teach because it entails greater line control skills.
"Public Lands" We rely on these places for refuge and recreation and resources. But we are far past due on a great reckoning with the Indigenous People who, rightly, have corrected our thinking here at #champoegstatepark , the seat of Oregon Territory's first provisional government. #outdoorlife#history#wheresyourwild
VERMAAKLIKHEID - The village of Vermaaklikheid is a scenic 40km away from Riversdale via the R323. The majority of the road network is gravel road, best suited for a four-wheel-drive.
The road – starting in Riversdale – takes you on an authentic journey of personal reinvention and reconnecting – nature and conversations has a way of effortlessly healing the soul during a drive on a gravel road. The long gravel stretches offers a soothing remedy to adventure seekers – en-route you will encounter a variety of Fynbos and a diversity of animals, which includes the spotting of Ostriches; Meerkat; Otter; Cattle; Sheep and birdlife including the birding species of Red Bishop; Steppe Buzzard; Yellow Bishop; Pied Avoced; Jackal Buzzard; Cape Bunting and Blue Crane Birds. As you get closer to the village, the route leads to a series of twist and turns until you reach your destination. Drive slowly and spot burial sites next to the road, buildings from a bygone era and views reminding you of the simpler things in life.
Vermaaklikheid offers you a “plattelandse” feeling with Cape Style Buildings, Duiwenhoks River and Puntjie – a place of bliss.
Few travellers have explored the village of Vermaaklikheid – making it a nowhere on earth experience.
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When the world around me crumbles and it’s hard to understand... I will run to You, my shelter. I am safe within your hands. You are my help forever. I will not fear, for God, you are with me. 💛💛
Hello everybody, it’s been a long time 👋🏻
Exactly three years ago together with @maciej_travel I moved to Switzerland 🇨🇭I can’t believe how fast time flies 🙈 Honestly, from all countries I used to live, this one is definitely my favorite. Even with some struggles I have, cause there are always pros and cons, I’m happy where I am now.
Here I want to share with you my
10 REASONS I’M GRATEFUL TO LIVE IN 🇨🇭:
1. Surrounded by the nature. Switzerland is just absurdly beautiful. The turquoise lakes, the Alps, the forests, the rocks. Just insane🏔🤩
2. So many varieties of outdoor activities.
Climbing, hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, paragliding, sailing and many more! 🧗🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️
3. Winter Season! Snowboarding in the Alps 2-3 times a week is just what I love. 🏂
4. Living in Bern. It is pretty centrally located so you can reach easily other major swiss cities and you are only 30 minutes away from the Alps. 📍🐻
5. The Aare. Swimming or boating down the river on summer days is the best. 🚣🏻
6. My neighborhood Marzili. Open air swimming pool with the view of Parliament and the best ice cream in the city.
7. People here speak many languages
8. High standard of living
10. Always On Time. Yes! Finally I’ve learned to be on time😅
And what about you? Do you also live in Switzerland? Tell me one thing you are grateful for where you live?☺️