Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Just keep swimming

One of the perks of living near a lake is being able to swim in crystal clear water without having to share your space with predators that may mistake you for grub. I have never felt comfortable swimming in the ocean or the Gulf of Mexico knowing that sharks could consider me a nice little snack.

For the record, yes I know that sharks don't actually aim to attack humans and that once we are in their home we are fair game. Doesn't change the fact that I don't want to lose a huge chunk of my body while out for a little dip. Kind of kills the whole nature-loving mood for a bit, don't ya think?

I digress. Let's get back on track.

So we live near a lake.

Lake Allatoona, which I first introduced in this post, had been beckoning us to return and swim in her waters and we finally gave in. We decided to spend the day there, taking a picnic lunch, and even breaking out the tent for nap time. 

It is really quite amazing the good sleep that you can get outside under the trees. 

 Of course, most of the time was spent playing in the water. It was lukewarm and beautifully clear. Craig had actually gone out earlier in the morning to stake our claim at a particular spot on the lake because there is a "sandbar" of sorts jutting out from the shore. Canon was able to touch the bottom the entire time which made the experience much more enjoyable for all.

We swam, climbed over huge rocks jutting out from the water, and felt the clay between our toes. We played harder together than the three of us had in a long time. I didn't take many pictures because I was too busy having fun with my boys, but when Craig began throwing Canon up in the air I couldn't get to my camera fast enough.

This went on for so long that Craig got tired of it waaaaaay before Canon would have even thought about getting bored.

Lake Allatoona and Redtop Mountain State Park are quickly becoming two of our favorite destinations around here. The easy access to our house coupled with the thousands of acres we have yet to explore keep bringing us back for more and we couldn't be happier to oblige.

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