Happy Canada Day everyone.
Day 7 was a brief nature outing on our way to the Farmers’ Market and Home Depot, we made a quick stop at the pond to see how Chucky was making out – no sightings.
Day 8, better luck. We were joined this evening by the Verbaans – two of their three joined our three – yes five boys navigating the shoreline of the pond in search of a beaver. We looked everywhere, both of his lodges and all along the dam he built. It wasn’t until our second round along the dam that we spotted him. He swims so slow it’s almost as if he’s still. I wonder if there’s a message in there somewhere. If I moved that slow Chrisa would k _ _ _ me! We’re learning how to find and get close to Chucky. If we go to the far end of the pond he tends to swim back to the bank which leads over the hill to the other pond where his lodge is. Once he’s far enough up the path, we can follow behind him. We were a little too anxious tonight and Chucky turned back into the dam water. We weren’t able to get a close up. I’m certain the Verbaans will join us again and next time we’ll be more patient. I bet Mr. Verbaan will bring his good camera! Maybe he’ll bring a few beers too! C’mion, I lead the expedition, you bring the food.
Here are a few photos.
Lesson from tonight is remember to wear pants. To be clear here, we do wear shorts, but pants would be better. There are lots of weeds with prickly thorns and the boys wince quite a bit in the harsher terrain – except Cyrus of course. He just plows through without a word of complaint. He often stumbles full steam ahead trying to keep up. We kept the helmet on him tonight – paid off – he hit the deck at least 10 times. I bet the beaver could use him to clear paths!!
Christian almost fell into the dam water – that would have been a nice smell (sarcasm).
I think next day we’ll bring some garbage bags and clean up a little.