The beautiful weather allowed for a really wonderful weekend here (posting this days late… as usual). Despite some pretty awful colds raging in the family, we managed to get out and enjoy ourselves quite a lot. Saturday was the second annual Juneau Maritime Festival and boy was it huge. I realized that in a giant crowd of people, I only saw a few I knew… unusual considering the smallish size of our town. Welcome to tourist season! It was kind of nice to wander our city anonymously… it’s something a local doesn’t experience too often.
We hit up the Mining Museum, which is in a basin area just behind downtown. The road is closed to car traffic all winter so it is great to have the gates open in the spring. The smell of the riverside cottonwoods coming alive again is so powerful. I could have sat on the banks of the creek breathing in that smell for days on end. We hiked around the mountain behind the museum and peeked inside the old railcars. The kids splashed around in the creek, panning for gold. We brought home handfuls of “gold” nuggets. If only. Ah, what a day.
Sunday we spent the day lounging on the beach.all.day.long. It was super nice because we were all feeling pretty terrible. It was either spend the day in bed or on the sand in the warm sun… easy decision there. Brian and I have since spent most of the week resting, trying to fight off this nasty bug. The kids all seem to be quite on the mend, resilient little creatures that they are.
Six days and counting until summer break! Where did the year go? I’m keeping things simple this summer, as usual. The boys will be playing soccer and we have some camping trips planned, but we have no classes, summer camps, plane trips or other activities on the calendar. We are going to fly by the seat of our pants, which is the way we do it best in our family. Next week, I do plan to sit down with the kids and make a bucket list so we have some things to fuel us. I’m thinking it will be much like last summer… buddies, beach-combing, popsicles, hiking, fishing. Not too shabby and totally what we all need.