You won’t believe where I am right now. It’s like Heaven itself came down and graced me with a view. A serene lake smoothed out with scarcely a ripple, mountain sides around decorated with pines, redwoods, and the like. Cloudy skies whispering rain drops. And I’m here sitting on an entire hill made of sand. The kids are climbing up the sand dune as high as they can, then running with all their might down to collide into us. Josh is trying to convince me he needs a pet salamander and Thad helped the kids catch 21, that’s right 21, in a little mote they made out of sand. The water is cold, but not unbearable. Somehow Rori and Sam are braving the lake with shivers and excitement about the pool of newts they’ve collected.