Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Fun Friday: Lake Pleasant

Welcome back to this week's #summerfunfriday
here at Almond Place!

I can hardly believe we have a week of summer vacation under our belts!  I don't know about you, but these first couple of weeks are always ones of transition...ones where we learn to readjust by having everyone home all the time....we've had lots of great moments together and lots of rough patches too.

One of the reasons why I LOVE making a list like this is that it gives us something to focus on.  In a couple of weeks, our boys will start a morning camp for a few weeks but everyone will be home by noon.  Rather than just have them come home and "do nothing", this list is giving us great ideas to go out and have fun together!

We kicked this first week off with a little trip to Lake Pleasant.  This was totally unintentional. We tried to get to the Pioneer Village just north of Phoenix, but we ended up having a ton of rain last weekend and they were closed due to flooding when we arrived first thing Saturday morning.  I had to do some quick thinking and knowing that hitting up the lake was on our list, I decided to head that way.

Honestly, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I hadn't been out to this lake in well over 10 years and my original plan to get to one of the lakes here in town was to head east instead....we will still get out to that lake, but this was the next best thing.

We spent about 3 hours here...first just driving around to get some bearings....then we pulled over at an inlet and I let the kids out to check things out.  We happened to come across a group of scuba divers in training, so that was pretty cool to see them getting ready and beginning their dives.  This was a cool spot but the problem I found with Lake Pleasant is that it's not really like the lakes I'm used to.  While there was a lot of accessible shore line, there was no actual "beach" designated area.  Everything was very rocky and quite littered. The kids were eager to take their shoes off, and I initially said yes but then I had to back track when I saw how much glass, rusted metal chards, and old fishing hooks were laying around.  It was kind of a bummer and in the end was stressful for me because they were less than thrilled with having to listen to mom kill their fun!

So, we picked up and drove around a little more.  We eventually made our way to the day use area with bathrooms and several picnic tables.  This had a little hike along the ridge of the shore and the kids were super excited to take Mom on a hike down to the water.  Here again, it was super rocky, but this time the rocks were huge and we had a great time tossing rocks into the lake.  This didn't take a long time, but it was the highlight of the day....

**note to self: let kids throw rocks more often**

"Don't Touch!!!"...heard from every mom around us every 5 seconds!!

Because I had not planned on venturing to the lake, we came ill prepared with food.  Luckily, there was a restaurant down at the marina.  While taking all 3 of them by myself to eat in a restaurant is always a risk, they were stellar.  It was cool to eat right on the water and watch people drive their boats up, tie up to the dock and walk right into the restaurant.  Andrew was especially interested in how much all of the boats cost.

We headed home after lunch and all 3 kids were asleep before we made it back to the main freeway.  It was a GREAT day together!!

Link up your activities below!  I can't wait to see what you've done or hear what you've got planned!


  1. Sounds like you had a lot of fun (other than the litter and broken glass!). The pictures look beautiful, and your kids look like they're having a blast!!!! -Jess
    Sweet Little Ones

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    1. It really is a pretty's HUGE and so much of it is only accessible by boat. I'd love to get out on the water!

  3. The lake looks like so much fun :) Happy Friday!!Chelsea @

    1. Thanks, Chelsea! It was a great day! Hope you have a nice weekend :-)