… that was the theme of our summer vacation this year. Lot of new sights and experiences for the kids; they loved seeing the many animals in the wild and trekking on precarious, slippery rocky river beds. All of us enjoyed being amidst nature’s thick vegetation and pristine waters. Standing/sitting under beautiful waterfalls, wading in rivers and streams, having a waterfall only to ourselves, trekking through forests, teaching the kids to do adventurous things while being careful were all fun and rejuvenating.
It was a long road trip; we covered Irpu, Nagarhole, Tholpetty, Kuruva islands, Thirunelly, Soochipara, Bandipur, and Mudumalai.
Some pics from the trip. Will write about these places in different posts.
Daughter enjoying the flowing waters
The kids waving at a deer. We saw many many spotted deers in their natural setting - the animal that we sighted the most.
The kids enjoying the climb up to a tree house
The trek up on a rocky river bed. We had a nice stretch of river in a private property all to ourselves one evening. Splendid.
Our stays were in homestays and cottages; we always love interacting with the local people and eating the local cuisine. Since returning to India, during most of our trips, we have typically stayed in homestays and have had pleasant stays in beautiful settings.
Husband and I have always been on the road a lot – the one way to really see life and culture from close quarters. The easy way to shop local, the easy access to talking to the folks on the streets and in their native tongue as much as possible. The kids have gotten used to the rhythm of being on the road too. And I enjoy seeing things from their points of view.
Daughter goes back to school in less than a week. Son is home for a little longer. And with that we start another year. Daughter will start 2nd grade and somehow it is harder for me this time around, since the class no.s are only going to go up from now on. Kindergarten and Montessori years are so much nicer; their growing up doesnt stare you in the face.