Fairy Crossing: including High bridge, Low bridge, and Spring Creek bridge. These three bridges create a smallish loop that the kids can navigate by themselves. It's close enough to the house that I don't have to be right next to them while they loop around Fairy Circle. (Although we did recently find bear poop there, but I think s/he mostly comes around after bedtime.)
Bent Nail Crossing, which is further upstream from Fairy Crossing. The kids love to fish from this bridge.
We built four new bridges in the last several weeks, opening up more access to the creek that runs through our property.
The Tricky Trail has been expanded recently as well. The Man has been out there pruning back the giant rhododendrons, and creating more loops, more connections from lower to upper trails. We have plans still for another creekside trail, which will make a larger portion of both sides of the creek accessible. And, there are even plans for another bridge leading to our new Mushroom Farm (more on that later).
We've been hearing tales from our neighbors, long-time residents of this mountain dirt road neighborhood, about the many former owners of our property. Along with stories, we've uncovered an old gravel driveway (that is currently germinating with native wildflowers), a metal railroad rail sticking out of the forest floor (destined to border a garden as soon as our neighbor can get over here with his bobcat to pull it out), and tons of interesting landscape stones piled here and there, or strewn through the creek (yep, you guess it...they're destined for one of the gardens, too).
Just last night, before dinner, and after a long day of homestead chores, we grownups sat in the chairs down by the creek, and watched the children play. We had nearly an hour of uninterrupted grownup conversation as we sipped our adult beverages and dreamed of all the things we plan to create on this piece of land.
A creek, four bridges, and some time to dream. I'll cheers to that.