I don't even remember anything about Memorial Day from last year. Odds are we didn't do anything at all. So I decided that this year, since this weather has been so pleasant and warm, that we needed to take Micah somewhere to play in the water. I asked my local friends for good locations with shallow, clear water to splash in, and more than one directed me to Jemez Springs. So Monday morning after a crazy early nap (8:30am - Micah wasn't feeling himself, a little congested and clingy, but he was great after he slept), we took off into the mountains.
It was absolutely beautiful up there. Everything was so green and lush. After passing one of the local pueblos, we pulled off the side of the road at a little parking lot right alongside the creek. To say I planned this badly would be an understatement - I had water sandals for Micah and his little swim trunks, sunscreen, and hat. But Antonio and I had to wear our tennis shoes into the water. Here's hoping I didn't ruin mine.
It was worth it.
Micah absolutely loved it. We waded into the water - cold at first, but quickly comfortable - in a rocky area where the shallow water rushed. Every few seconds was a new question. "What's that noise?" "Can I go over there?" "Can I have that rock?" Micah pretty much never stops, except long enough to sit on a bigger rock to pose with Daddy.
We walked along in the creek for quite a ways, admiring the specks of moonstone in the gravel, finding (and trying to catch) tiny minnows, and throwing plenty of rocks. We came to a bend in the creek where a second trickle of water joined the bigger flow, and a huge tree shaded the water. It was about 5 inches deep and perfectly clear. A panorama (taken with my iPhone using the Photosynth app) was mandatory.
And Daddy had to roughhouse, of course. Boys will be boys.
When we got back to the car and I changed Micah into dry clothes, Antonio found a little lizard that wasn't terribly shy. Micah is normally kind of timid about bugs and little "critters" as he calls them, but when we asked if he wanted to hold the lizard, he said yes right away.
Of course, about two seconds after I took this, the lizard took a leap of faint - INTO the car. Antonio thankfully caught him before he found a place to hide where we couldn't get him out!
What did you do for Memorial Day?