In preparation for going off-grid, we’ve refused to run our central Air Conditioning unit at all this year. When we switch over to solar power, we won’t generate enough to run the A/C, so we need to figure out how to live without it now. By making this one change, we’ve cut our electricity bill in half. Literally.
It’s gotten pretty darned hot in the house already… 90* a few times… and it isn’t even the hottest part of the year yet. We’ve been running box fans in the windows, as well as the ceiling fans, trying to circulate air throughout the house. I feel like we’re getting adjusted to the heat, though it can be physically draining at times. When it’s ninety in the house, we’ve learned that it feels so much better laying on a blanket in the shade of the trees outdoors. We’ve also learned that the creek is a fantastic place to go hang out when we need a reprieve.
Yesterday was one of those days.
Our property has three creeks running across it, but there’s one spot in particular that we like to play at the most. It’s just a little hike from the house.
I love this creek. It’s so peaceful down there. I love the rocks. I walk along them and wonder how many feet in the past have tread the same ground. Who were these people and what were their lives like? We’ve found arrowheads around the land and in another part of the creek, as well as broken pottery and other odds and ends. Makes me wonder what life was like here worlds ago.
The kids love the creek, too. Maybe one day we’ll build a little camping cabin down there just for fun. Or a zipline from the top of the hill to the bottom. That would be awesome.
I imagine with the hottest days of summer still ahead of us, we’ll spend a lot more time playing in the cool trickling water of the creek.