Some days you just need to get away from it all. After the not-so-nice week that we had, we did what we as a family used to do a lot more of. Packing the 4WD with a picnic and a few other necessities ( a chainsaw, chains, a lot of water and a few other odd bits and pieces) and taking off for the day to explore some relatively remote mountain areas. Over time I've gotten used to the steep, rocky hill climbs, the river crossings (if in doubt wade through first!) and the constant bumping around. Because the reward of seeing those breathtaking views and discovering those amazing little valleys makes it all worth it.
And we did find ourselves in a beautiful little valley this trip. Full of history, this remote valley had once supported a self sufficient family of 17. All that remains of their lives are a few old trees and an old bread oven. But their cleared green grassy fields by the river are still appreciated by many campers today.
It was the perfect place to throw down the blanket and enjoy a simple lunch. To listen to the gently running water and throw a few stones in just for the sake of it. I think it was just what we needed.