The sands of time

Well, with the new van coming, I needed to get my license plates off of the old one.  Of course, since it’s in Brandon (about 2.5 hours away), it turned into a whole day event with the kids.  We left in the morning at about 10:00 AM, and started the long drive.  I loaded up the car with my laptop and GPS, so I had tunes for the whole trip, which was good.  I also put the DVD player in there, so the kids could watch movies for the trip, which makes it a lot easier for all of us.  The DVD kind of broke Jareds punishment for the week, but I didn’t want a trip from hell.

On the way home, we stopped in at Spruce Woods Provincial Park to walk to the Spirit Sands area.  It can’t be called a desert, since it gets 300-500 mm of rain a year, but it sure feels like one.  The day was hot and windy, and after a 1.6 km hike we were in the middle of the sand dunes.  Really cool stuff.  Both boys walked the whole way on their own, a total of 3.2 km, with no complaint.  We all drank lots of water and had an absolute blast.  We finally got home at 9:30 PM, two hours past the boys bedtimes, and we all went to bed happy and exhausted.

Reading
Kushiel’s Avatar (Jacqueline Carey)

Writing
During the entire hike, I made an effort to use words to describe what I saw.  A skill every writer should have.  I talked to myself (in my head) about the way the sand rippled and the way the trees waved in the wind.  I tried different approaches, using plain language and using flowery language.  Thinking of words I rarely used to describe motion, colour and emotion.  All in all fun stuff.  Then Ryan, my 3 year old, looked at the trees, and said “Dad, the trees are dancing!”  Short, descriptive, and accurate.  I stood in awe.

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