David and I had our 1 year anniversary on June 22nd. His kids were away that Saturday, so we got a babysitter for a couple of hours for my girls. We rode our bikes all over and had a picnic lunch near a small branch of the Snake River. While we were dating, we both wanted to have active nature dates. We both felt like you get to know someone better when you're doing stuff instead of simply spending money and calling it a date. Both of us came from former marriages where our spouses liked and expected restaurant and a movie or a hotel get-away kind of date. We don't. We had a blast.
(Written the end of July) This last weekend, David's kids were away and mine were away with their dad and his family at a resort, so we had Thursday evening until Monday morning to ourselves. We missed our kids a bunch, but we had a wonderful time together. Originally, David wanted to go overnight camping. Yep. He wanted to backpack and survive in the wilderness. We negotiated. We ended up camping one night in the back country of the Cache National Forest with cows, snakes, sheep and wild chickens and then we reconnected with civilization. The Utah Opera Festival was going on in Logan so we stayed at the most budget-friendly motel for 2 nights and saw Fiddler on the Roof. We ate mostly the fruits and vegetables that we brought from our home and garden, but we did go to Tandoori Oven. It was delicious! Another meal we ate tacos from a street vendor. Also really good. We hit the Pepperidge Farm factory store to stock up on fishy crackers for the kids. After visiting a congregation on Sunday, we packed up and went to Tony Grove in Logan Canyon. It was gorgeous! We inflated the rowboats and paddled around the small mountain lake.
I had quite a dopamine rush there on the quiet lake. We were the only ones using the lake for the first hour and I heard only the sounds of nature. David had paddled far enough away to do some scientist kind of observing. I pulled my paddles into the boat and laid back. I felt a powerful sense of God's love for us and for our family. I felt peace there as every other lake experience we've had this summer has been filled with kids and I am the ever Lifeguard on Duty. Now I only had to keep myself from drowning and I had the chance to just think and breathe deeply. After a couple of hours of clear skies, dark clouds quickly took over. We paddled to our shore as fast as we could and hiked up to our campsite. We beat the rain and David covered our tent. While it rained, we cuddled in the van and listened to the book To Kill A Mockingbird.