In just about 3 weeks, our summer ends.
I mean, sure - it's still summer. The days are still long and hot.
But our worlds start spinning out of control.
First, the birthday season starts. 6 birthdays in 6 weeks. Then, we move. Followed by squeezing in birthday #3 (Colin's!) My overtime begins (about 2 weeks of 12 or so hour days). Still moving. School starts for the kids (a whole week early this year!) Then birthday's 5 and 6 into mid-September wind down the end of summer. Which gives us just enough time to catch our breath before the Holidays!
Let's just add into this my oldest leaving tomorrow for 2 weeks to visit his paternal grandparents in NC. He gets back the day before we leave for our last camping trip for the summer (which of course, ends just days before the craziness begins!) He's been going down there for a about 2 weeks every summer since he was 2. You would think I'd be used to it by now, but I'm not and I still miss him like crazy when he's gone.
So for now - we're taking it easy. And by easy I mean busy! But in a wonderful, not a care in the world - spend the day playing in waterfalls kind of busy.
We spent most of Saturday with some friends at Robert H Treman park in Ithaca. I had never been there before, and if you haven't either - make time and go! Seriously, it's worth it.
About 1/4 mile into the trail, you can follow a little side path off into the water.
Another 1/4 mile or so leads you to a little waterfall
We went back on the path for a few minutes after the first waterfall, and then found our way back to the water.
It was incredibly secluded, we passed very few people. It doesn't say you can go in the water - but it doesn't say not to either! It was quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever been.
It was so, so nice - to see the boys all just being boys. Exploring. Discovering. Laughing. It was really wonderful.
A little further down - maybe a mile or two - there's a huge waterfall!
You can get right up and underneath it.
Some parts were shallow and we barely got our ankles wet - other parts were deep enough to swim
Sunday, I went with my father to Oswego on a replica of an 1822 flagship - The US Brig Niagara. He had won tickets through work and it took us on what was supposed to be a 5 hour sail, but we came back in about an hour early because of storms. It's a "working" ship. Little room to sit down, a crew that actually works the ship - it was pretty neat.
It was a full, but wonderful and relaxing weekend. And that's all we can do - is try and savor these last few wonderful days of summer while we can.
PS: I know this post is image heavy! I tried as hard as I could to narrow it down to my few favorites! I haven't yet perfected the less is more style :)