Saturday, last, was a perfect morning. We decided to take a walk, but not go to the beach, we went inland. So we drove a few kilometers and parked under the trees, selecting an area rich in fynbos, mainly protea species. It was also a wide enough “path” to allow for the big wheel stroller, a must on sandy or gravel roads. Boeta’s own 4×4.
The walk is 4 and half kilometer. Off we went, daddy with the camera and mom with the stroller. It did rain a few days before, so the path still had muddy areas, which although ideal for the little man, not so much for his parents, as we wanted to have a walk and not turn around to get him dry and clean.
Boeta nearly hung over the side of the stroller as he examined the area with so much bushes and flowers. Some of the things he saw, included lizards, Protea and some birds too. We just enjoyed the environment and change in scene.
We hardly talked in this first period, except for answering the odd question from Boeta about something he saw. It was just perfect and we were savoring the smells of the fresh dew and soil mix, the smell of the bushes in the fields around us. We kept on walking but also kept an eye on the path as we decided Boeta should be left to run and explore on the way back.
As we went along the path got narrower but we kept going to a point where the stroller could not go anymore. Time to turn around. Time for the little man to run and explore.
Boeta immediately went for the rocks and not any, the biggest he could carry in one hand. The problem is when you have 2, you cannot pick up any more and you have to pass so many potential rock and sticks.Daddy, now walking with the stroller told Boeta to bring the rocks, we can put it in the pocket at the back. This was an immediate hit suggestion….look at that face light up.
We swapped stroller and baby. Mom took the stroller and daddy walked with Boeta. He collected more rocks and gave them to me to put in the pocket, but we also realized these rocks will fill that pocket quickly, so now and then daddy subtly flicked one into the bush again. Boeta realized it will be easier to put them in the pocket himself, so started to do that, which really would not work. Daddy told mom, “Just walk a little faster.” The idea then that it would take longer to reach the pocket and fill it. Boeta picked up speed and ran after mom and the pocket, rocks in hand, laughing. Daddy was in tears, so was mom, but she also had to keep the speed up. Every now and then she would think, I am far enough ahead, time to break…daddy said: “Look behind you”, yes, the little man was right there, rocks in hand.
After our hilarious walk with toddler chasing mom holding big rocks in his hands for around the last kilometer, we drove around the corner to a spot with a bit of a view and some picnic tables for a well deserved refreshment.
Boeta got out and was immediately playing and looking for things to find around the area.
After all this running and playing Archeologist one gets thirsty and hungry.
It was a wonderful morning as a family, with lots of laughing and as you can see from both the faces of mom and Boeta, running too…or is it chasing? The last 2 images are shots of the view from that spot.
47 thoughts on “Morning walk with an archeologist toddler”
I love this post! The photos are so amazing and they made me smile and I needed to smile! 🙂 Boeta is so cute!!!
Thanks, pleasure, glad we could lift your spirit a little.
🙂 Yes, you did 🙂
Just a note, he is playing with those same rocks right now, prized possessions for him, yes some came home. Hehe.
Oh, the simple joys of childhood! 🙂 🙂 Those days are so precious ❤
What a wonderful walk. Boeta is so lucky. Thank you for sharing
Thanks, pleasure, we will show some more of what we saw in following posts.
great area for a walk and looks really like a lot of fun!!
Thanks, it was.
That looks like a wonderful place to walk! Maybe Boeta’s a budding geologist – he seems to be making a head start on his rock collection. 🙂
Thanks. Possibly, like digging the big ones out…could go either way.
The future “Indiana Jones”… Featuring ” The Rock of Destiny”! 🙂
Thanks, yeah, the meaning of life right there.
Lovely post. I was smiling as I was reading. Your little man is a darling boy. 🙂
Thanks, glad we could give you a smile.
Beautiful post! It is so good that you take your little boy out into the bush, to enjoy whatever Nature has to offer. 🙂
Thanks, yeah, he needs it too, loves it, cannot get enough. Knows a lot of birds by name as says it.
Beautiful scenery for a walk. I am so charmed by this post, particularly the “only two hands” bit 🙂
Thanks, a common problem with toddler hehe.
It was wonderful to start the day taking a walk with Boeta and I so appreciate the posts, photos and narratives that you share about life with Boeta.
Thanks, glad you popped in and enjoyed our walk. Pleasure.
A little boy after my own heart!! I love collecting rocks!!
Hehe, you would feel right at home.
Nothing better than an archeologist with rosy cheeks. Priceless. ☺ Van
Thanks, yeah, slept well too.
Lovely family outing in the bushveld. Love the Proteas!
Thanks, will show more in next post.
Looking forward to it!
You are so lucky living in such a wonderful place!!
Such beautiful countryside there, great photos!
Thanks, we will add more details with birds and flowers.
Who needs video games? Rocks seem like a much better idea (and cheaper).
That is for the future, right now he needs to learn about other things. Hehe
What a gorgeous area you live in. I see Boeta had the best fun! I loved seeing him out in nature enjoying the simple things in life. ❤
Thanks, as often as we can…
A beautiful account of the fun all families should be able to enjoy. Wonderful scenery too.
Thanks, fun day, opposite today, 70 km per hour wind…such is life.
There is something about kids and rocks,my nine year old would rather play with rocks and dirt than anything else
As always Sheldon
Thanks, love rocks and shells, we have a bowl of them, which he plays with and counts.
Love little Boeta! He is such a handsome guy.
Thanks, we watched him last night in the bath, mom said, wonder what I did to deserve such a perfect little boy, as you can see, we are still humbled at the gift bestowed on us, having him, our little miracle and light. The Almighty really blessed us.
He did, indeed.
Smile ~ walk collectibles can add up fast! I thought I was the only one ~ when our little does his collecting of nuts,sticks, leaves, etc. I to casually slip one of them behind me back to the ground. Very cute! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, hehe, yeah slight of hand….hehe.
Beautiful photos,and Boeta is so cute and big boy !!!
Thanks, yeah is loves his walks. He now does most walks without a stroller and we estimates our walk the other night at around 3.5 km. Not bad for a 2.5 year-old.