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Se7en + 1 Hike the Silvermine River, From the Source to the Sea…

May 27th, 2015 · 11 Comments

One of the projects that we did last year for school was to follow a river from the source to the sea. It was a big project and ended in a hike that we meant to blog about and then somehow got caught up in all the other posts that one must post… so here it is… looking back.

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From the Source to the Sea

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From our home we can see the mountain top where the river starts… we can also see the mouth of the river across the bay. It’s quite a journey but we had a goal and wanted to see if we could make it all the way.

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We got as close to the bubbling source as we could…

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And then followed it down.

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A stop to look at the foam…

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And take a rest.

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The Middle Course of the River

After a rest and a break we started our hike again,

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Heading down the gentle gradient of the middle course.

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The river was just gently bubbling along beside us.

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The path took us up the sides to the valley…

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The Surprise

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What we didn’t expect between the middle reaches of the river and the lower course was the most amazing natural playground…

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And this is why you need to add margin time to your hikes… because we stopped here to play for about two hours – as one does!!!

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Uppppppp……

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And downnnnnn……

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Up up up….

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And down….

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Up again….

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And down…

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We discovered a river of sand…

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It really doesn’t get better than this…

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Fun times…

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But it was time to move along…

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The Slow Flowing Lower Course:

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At this stage the river was really ambling to and fro across the floodplain.

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We stopped to take count of the tadpoles and say hello to this fellow…

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And surprised this one…

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The Wetlands

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At this stage the river opens up…

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And tumbles into to wetlands… so much to look at…

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And we were nearly done…

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The River Mouth

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Past the fields of flowers…

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Under the bridge…

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And out into the sea…

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The Gallery

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And that’s it… yes we do have a project for this school year and it involves lots and lots of hiking… we will let you know about it soonest.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Corli // May 27, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Totally awesome adventure.
    Love that idea of source to sea!
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  • 2 irene // May 27, 2015 at 10:08 am

    what a fun project!
    I also would have totally played for two hours up and down those dunes. Too much fun! 🙂

  • 3 Marcia (123 blog) // May 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I love the relationship between Hoods 2 and 8 🙂

    Love the dunes!!! Haven’t done that for YEARRRRRS.
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  • 4 se7en // May 28, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Hay Corli… I know the “Source to the Sea” sounds like a pretty cool adventure to me too. I can’t believe we did it… it is a really long way!!! Sending love to you all across the ocean!!!

  • 5 se7en // May 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Oh Irene… those dunes were something else and a complete surprise!!! None of us were expecting them at all and they were so huge!!! Fun times!!!

  • 6 se7en // May 28, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I know Marcia, when in the world do you come across huge untouched sand dunes – too fun for words… And let’s face Hood #8 is a lucky guy with so many big brothers and sisters that adore him. Lots of love to you and yours – I see Friday on your horizon!!!

  • 7 Katja // Jun 5, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    What a hike!Very fun and educational at the same time and that is SUPER HIKE! 🙂

  • 8 se7en // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Thank you Katja, It was indeed a SUPER HIKE, Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

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