On this outing our five year old daughter discovered her ability to talk to animals. As we made our way downstream, our daughter, Sophia told a Blue Heron to fly upstream. The Blue Heron responded in a cordial fashion by making his way upstream, numerous other birds followed suit throughout the trip, responding appropriately to Sophia's directions. This is still a running gag to this day, I think our daughter still thinks they listen to her.
We found a nice campsite past Pulltite, about 12 miles for the day. Our daughter loves playing in the sand, luckily we had ample sand for Sophia to make footprints in this evening. Dinner consisted of veggie kabobs and bratwurst over an open fire. I bring a small grate for dinner on overnight trips.
As the evening unfolded we were treated to a display I had not seen on this level. An amazing pageant of Fireflies lit the night with their frenzied action. Signals where sent from the river to the treetops , some Fireflies raced across the water faster than I could believe. The show mesmerized us until the moon rose in its full glory and took over the night, dulling the glow of the Fireflies.
We slept sound, only waking to the rumble of thunder in the muggy morning, our campsite engulfed in fog. Finding moments that can only be experienced on the river are the discoveries I want to introduce to our daughter.