At our old house, we had a stream with
waterfalls, and a tree house. At the new house,
we have a whole mountain!
Since it's the only "mountain" in Manly (North
Southern Pines), let's call it Manly Mountain.
Here's Bri and Hunter's first introduction
to the mountain. Love at first sight!
It's a long way down. OR up.
We could call it Lookout Mountain, but
that's already taken.
The plateau at the top provides ample
play space for imaginative play.
But for sheer challenges, there's nothing
like the climb.
I'm on top of the world!
Bri and the others have energy to climb
the steep slopes over and over again.
It's a great workout.
Don't back up, Hunter!
Is that where I was a minute ago?
This is the low side of the mountain.
Evan can strike a super hero pose on
a moment's notice.
Claire keeps her balance as she follows
You don't climb to get to the top or bottom.
You climb to start all over again.
And sometimes, just to be different,
you try sliding.
Just look at that expression of determination.
As we were playing Roy Rogers, Claire
took the usual role of Bullet, Roy's dog.
Lo, and behold-- I found this ancient artifact
among the rubble on the mountain. Obviously
a German Shepherd.
Claire and the others have also supplemented
their personal rock collections from their
amazing finds. When they find Indian Paint
Rock, they may share it with Grandma so
she can write messages on stone.
Proof that the world is not flat.
Now Claire has a sliding disciple.
Check those pants for holes, Mom.
Claire has even set up a nice office on the
mountainside, including a computer, cell
phone, and a series of gates that open by
remote control. One gate is for spaceships.
Evan engages in a little target practice.
Sometimes with dirt clods, sometimes with
stones. He is closely supervised by Grandpa
when he has projectiles in his hand, don't worry.
For my readers with plenty of time on your
hands, I have a series of short videos of some
of the action at Manly Mountain.
Bri scales the mountain (31 sec.)
Claire and Evan , movin' on up
Evan bounces from peak to peak (7 sec.)
Mountain goats? (36 sec.)
Mountain climbing has its ups and downs.
Claire agrees about the ups and downs.
So, we have our own almost-private mountain.
It's not The Lonely Mountain.
It's not Mount Doom.
It's not Witch Mountain.
Whatever you call it, it's FUN!