The car wash and Soriech Ranch
Our very last day and it was showering water from above and continued on and off throughout the day. This was NOT going to deter our plan of washing half the bus and painting it!!! So, off we went to the very near by car wash. And then, who should come join us for our last day with his gifts of age and kindness? Miles, Aero’s brother. This really was a treat and I always enjoy when the older siblings come to join. The younger ones always enjoy it so. Miles is truly a very kind hearted being and his presence was a wonderful addition.
Well, I sprayed and soaped the bus while they followed behind me scrubbing and scrubbing and then after I rinsed it they dried it and dried it. We then looked at our work and it was WONDERFUL! So clean and ready to be painted. Then, off we went to not so far away and parked. Miles and Aero ran to get water in the big bucket and Purnat and Bodhi ran up to the top of the big rock.
When the water bucket came I gave them instructions on how to paint the bus and they did GREAT with all of that, not mixing the paints quite yet and being a particular kind of mindful with how to put the paint on the bus. Their hand prints went all over and then it was time where we could combine colors in a few different ways. We checked the bus to see where the empty spots were to paint, found them and then, it was time to clean everything up. They ran down to the water spicket with all the things that needed cleaning and had at it with gusto!
Eating happened after that on top of the rock and then, off on the long trail to make it to the swings we went. We found some wonderful trees along the way to climb and Plantain and some other edibles to explore. Miles climbed one of the trees then came down as we continued on our way. Purnat and Bodhi wanted to chase Miles and he was instigating this and loving it. However, Aero was quite concerned for his brother and did not like this sort of game. Miles let him know that he liked it and that he was ok but Aero still did not like them trying to catch his brother. We continued on the path and Bodhi was gathering all the soap root he could along the way just like we did when we first came there so long ago. When we got to the swings they all settled in at different spots. Aero found A LOT!!! of rollie pollies all over the big rock there. I have never seen that many in one spot ever. We found the Homeland of Rollie Pollies on this day.
There were many different games with the swings, there are two, and a rope that was near the bottom one. There was climbing the rock, digging in the dirt and me telling a story about How the Tides Came to Be. I think they have heard it before but they were wrapped up in it again anyway. I brought it up because someone was talking about a stew pot, which made me think of this story.
By the time we had to leave they all wanted to take one last turn on the swing and Miles couldn’t believe that the day was already over. Bodhi really did not want to leave and Aero asked if we could do this again sometime. Purnat seemed very happy and easeful until we got back and wondered where his mother was right when we got back.
A wonder filled year and a joyful ending. Happy Trails to you all and many, many thanks!