We packed up our gear into Papa's truck and drove down to the Deep Fork River, where we parked in a dusty lot situated next to an old cemetery.
Then we headed off down the trail to find a good spot on the river bank.
We let Papa lead the way because he's walked this trail many, many times.
He led us to a nice little spot with beautiful views of the river to the East...
...and to the West.
The muddy waters of the Deep Fork are the perfect habitat for catfish, so we got our poles ready for action.
My husband stayed with his pole the whole time.
I, on the other hand, propped mine up on a stick and began to wander around with my camera. I photographed the little rays of heaven shooting down through the trees...
...the sparkles they created on the streams...
...and my sweet teenage cousin, who is beautiful and creative and of whom I am so very proud (I was being sneaky and hiding in the grass so I could capture this rare creature in her natural habitat).
This little outing with my family was completely priceless. It warmed my heart beyond description when I saw my Papa passing his knowledge onto my husband, who will surely pass it on to our children someday as well. I can't wait to go fishing with Papa again!
What are your favorite things to do outdoors with your family?