I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Monday, August 12, 2013

Jumping Boulders

The Beans made up a game... with a little of my help. I call it Jumping Boulders. Well, maybe that's the name I gave it when they took me to the end of the loop we were camping on and I watched, in horror, as they jumped barefoot from one rock to another. So, I made up a few rules and slowed them down a little. It became a challenge to run to the top of a huge boulder in as few foot steps as possible.
 Big Bean did it really well. Look at that concentration.
He was the oldest. He was motivated.
Look at that form. Their new friend watch and yelled encouragement and, later, joined them in an attempt to break the record. The Bean won... hands down, I mean up.
Oops! Almost touched the rock with his hands. (They decided that you couldn't use your hands.)
And then with graceful precision...sticking the perfect landing.

Little Bean did this too.
Here's the start... a run at the rock.
Up we go...
 He makes it look so easy.
And always... the focus... the concentration. Olympic quality form.
 Maybe, someday, this will be a sport at the Olympics and, like the unique jumping style called the "Fosbury flop" that changed the discipline of the high jump forever, the Beans might be the first to qualify for a brand new way of running and jumping. Hey, you never know.
They did this over and over again to see how few steps it took them to reach the top of the boulder. My feet hurt just watching them.
King of the Rock.

(These photos were shot in manual mode without my paying attention. I was so busy taking pictures that I didn't look at my camera settings before I started shooting. I thought I was shooting "auto". The photos are noisy (grainy) and not very sharp. My mistake. But they're good for the story.)


  1. haha def fun stuff...we used to play very similar challenge games growing up....def nice form...ha...way to go boys...

  2. Nice to see kids outside playing! :-D

  3. Your grandsons are amazing. I am so glad you were able to go camping with them and enjoy their antics. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  4. It's so good to see kids playing actively outside, enjoying fresh air and using their imaginations. The Beans did a fine job of conquering the rock!

  5. What fun they must have had in their little game! You captured all their intensity and concentration, Connie! Cannot believe how they have changed so much from when I first started reading your blog. :-) Hope all is well with you. We were in CA for our son's wedding last month. Oh how I have missed seeing the ocean and the mountains! ~Sue

  6. Your photos are perfect for the story, which, by the way, I love. Love the concentration in every inch of their bodies. Camping must have been so much fun!


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