There’s a reason why it says “Beautiful British Columbia” on our license plates. We’ve got places like Helmcken Falls. Then, of course, there’s the every day beauty that’s within an hour of my house. Salmon Valley is one of those places. My in-laws have been spending weekends out at a little place in Salmon Valley for several years. Sometimes we go out to visit them, spending our afternoons on the porch and watching the kids play.
One of the big draws of Salmon Valley is the Salmon River. Like its name suggests, it’s a salmon habitat, so there’s a fair amount of environmental protection that goes on. In the winter and early spring, the river freezes and becomes a raging monster that will drag things away. By the end of summer and the beginning of the fall, the river waters are low and the current is gentle.
On one of these gorgeous days, we spent the afternoon visiting the in-laws at their little hideaway. The kids were able to play in the river.
Norton had a wonderful time. He was able to throw small rocks into the river and watch them splash. Next year, maybe his daddy or his grumpy will teach him about skipping rocks. The big thing that was emphasized was safety: small rocks, not near his baby sister.
Eudora was having the time of her life. She had a small cache of toys to play with and took great delight in filling her bucket with mud. We built up a little cove of rocks around her to keep her toys from floating off in the gentle current.
Eudora’s grandma was sitting beside her in the water. They had a special bonding moment when Grandma filled her hand with mud so that Eudora could add it to her bucket. (Eudora is clearly not afraid of getting dirty.)
Have you ever toured British Columbia?
Safety notice: No, my children are not wearing life jackets. There are a few reasons for that. 1.) The water where they were playing was extremely shallow. I went the furthest in so that I could get better pictures, and still never went more than mid-way up my shin. 2.) There were three adults to supervise two children, so none of them were more than a couple of feet away. 3.) I was more concerned about my children getting brave and attempting to float with a life jacket on… and thus floating down the river… than I was with them drowning on the shallow banks.