Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cassie's Vacation

Unfortunately, Cassie doesn't get to go on most vacations with us, but when we stay at our family's vacation home in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, she always tags along.  This year we only stayed a few nights, and the first two were very wet, so we spent a lot of time meandering through the woods looking at the scenery.  Cassie always wanted to wander way up along this ridge behind the house but I was a little leery of bears, so we didn't wander too far.  We did see bears one evening, a mother with three cubs, but we watched them from the safety of the house (and unfortunately, weren't quick or close enough to snap any photos!).

Mostly, we enjoyed the little vignettes we saw along the way, like this little fairy house at the base of a tree trunk, below...

... this little toadstool growing next to a moss-covered rock,...

... and this lovely landscape of ferns and lichens growing on top of a large boulder.

We also both enjoyed relaxing on the screened-in porch, reading, napping, or just watching the scenery.  On rainy mornings, the girls slept in, but we did manage to have a few nice afternoons at the community's pool and beach, while Cassie kept cool here.

There's an abundance of flat pieces of shale in the area, and I couldn't resist collecting some along the way.  These rocks will make great edging for my pond back at home!  Now that I've had a few days of R&R, I can't wait to get back to work on it!

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