Spider Lake: where our kids have spent endless summer days frolicking, canoeing, catching frogs and tadpoles. So many days three larger-than-average families (we now number 22 kids between us, but one family moved off the island earlier this year) would lumber down to the beach with babies in Ergo’s or carseats, toddlers stumbling behind boogie boards or trailing their lifejackets in the dirt, school-aged kids weighted down with swim bags and towels while teens brought snack foods and important water bottles and helped moms herd said-group from parking lot to the beach and back again at the end of the day to the sweltering hot vehicles.
We’ve never lost a child yet, and now that there are no longer babies or toddlers life seems so much more enjoyable. Or rather, restful.
We were joined yesterday by the Hamilton family who had never been out to Spider Lake before and seemed to enjoy the day, as did we. My kids are already asking, “When can we go back to Spider Lake?”
Do you see in the top photo the two islands on the left of the pic? Our kids swam all that way. Laars caught a ride with a cool 9-and-a-quarter (!) yr old boy named Beck who had an inflatable boat (NOT the yellow one in our pics, a much larger one!). Anders pushed the boat half-ways across and swam the rest of the way to the island, and the ENTIRE way back chaperoned by Danaka. Exhausted but totally proud of himself, that was a big accomplishment. Toveli did the swim there and back too, and when I discussed it with her this morning she is thankful for swimming in the waves of Mexico because she credits that for giving her the endurance.
The kids want to put Spider Lake on a weekly schedule. We’ll consider that!!