Maybe one day I'll wise up and throw some towels and extra clothes in the car. Because when we are out exploring we inevitably come across a body of water--a puddle, a lake, a river. And when we do, the children inevitably ask, "Can we just dip our feet in?" and then, "Can we just get in this deep? We'll roll up our pants." Then before you know it, they're in as in IN all the way.
Yesterday we headed out with a friend and her son to Anna Ruby Falls and Unicoi State Park, an area I have not visited in years and one which is new to the kids. We enjoyed the short though surprisingly steep hike to the falls, especially since the weather was overcast and uncharacteristically cool.
The warm-up came in the afternoon, however, just in time for our discovery of the beach. The kids had a great time swimming in their clothes,
building sand castles,
and then drying off.