Outside…

It’s official – Spring is finally here and not a moment too soon! Much as the snow was beautiful and such a novelty we were getting a bit tired of it. Edie’s words on our last snow day – even though it meant a day off school – were “I’m sick of snow!” Those 5:30am automated phone calls from roboto lady saying “Winchester Public schools are closed today” were getting a bit old too. Thirty degrees today and we are still a couple of months off summer!

Our first taste of a change in the weather came on our way home from Spring break in St Michaels. We took a detour to Great Falls National Park, not far from DC. The sky was blue, the sun was bright and we were treated to the amazing spectacle of the Potomac River  building up speed and forcing its way over a series of steep, jagged rocks and then on through a narrow gorge.

Great Falls - pretty darn great!
Great Falls – pretty darn great!
Ok - so I've still got my jacket on but it came off soon after.
Ok – so I’ve still got my jacket on but it came off soon after.
Even got to see a kayaker tackling the rapids.
Even got to see a kayaker tackling the rapids.

On Saturday we spent another sunny afternoon at nearby Sherando Park for the annual kite festival. We had great fun flying our own kites and watching those flown by avid kite runners. One of these kites was decorated in a traditional Maori kowhaiwhai pattern. When the MC for the day asked the children gathered around him if they knew where the Maori people came from, the general consensus was “China”! He clearly couldn’t hear us hollering out “New Zealand” from the other end of the field 🙂

Kiwi kite runner.
Kiwi kite runner.
Edie looking quite the professional kite handler.
Edie looking quite the professional kite handler.
This dog kite was one of my favourites.
This dog kite was one of my favourites.
Flutter, flutter.
Flutter, flutter.

On Sunday we hiked (that’s what you call tramping in these parts) up to Buzzard Rock. Both girls coped really well with the climb and we were treated to spectacular views.

Note the very practical tramping gear. One must stay fashionable whilst out in the woods.
Note the very practical tramping gear. One must stay fashionable whilst out in the woods.
Woody Woodpecker was in the woods on Sunday too.
Woody Woodpecker was in the woods on Sunday too.
View with buzzard.
View with buzzard.
Made it to the top :)
Made it to the top 🙂
Pretty pleased with herself.
Pretty pleased with herself.
Checking out Yogi Bear's campsite.
Checking out Yogi Bear’s campsite.

This weekend we will be celebrating a very important milestone. Hard to believe but our wonderful Olive Mia will be turning seven. Stay tuned for the obligatory birthday report! Take care everyone. Missing you all and sending lots of love xxx

2 Replies to “Outside…”

  1. Too well I can imagine the joy of being able to put on “shorts” and get outside into the wide open spaces. Loved all the kites and particular comments on Maori kite ……… perhaps the haka would have sorted the MC out. Olive have a wonderful 7th birthday, will be thinking of you on the 13th. Love Grannie

  2. What a great time and even more when, at last, you can enjoy such a nice weather. We just started feeling spring time weather this past weekend. Keep having fun!

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