I can't wait until we can go camping as a family. Some of my best childhood memories are of camping with friends and family. Pitching the tent, the smell of charcoal, the crackling fire....all of it. I daydream about it all the time. Not only do I blog about my life but I follow many, many blogs as well. And I noticed that I tend to enjoy the ones of folks who live in the midwest, so close to nature, where their children get to have the great outdoors literally right outside their windows. I envy that. How nice it must be to experience all four seasons and hear the sound of gravel under your shoes wherever you go. Perhaps one day we'll live in a place like that.
Until then, a hiking we will go! It's the next best thing and it's a little difficult to do right now with a young baby. But we got our dusty carrier out and I gotta say, I think N is going to be an Eagle Scout for sure! He was such a trooper!! Didn't hear a peep from that little guy the entire time. He was just staring at the wonderful scenery the entire way! P had hiked this place before and failed to mention how rocky the terrain would be. I guess he didn't remember it that way. But it was a bit of challenge trying to make sure W didn't trip and kill himself! We had to cross streams and walk on slippery rocks over and over again. It didn't help that W kept stepping in the stream water on purpose! Needless to say, I was stressed out the entire time, but it was amazing to see my little man hike the entire way and back! I live with a bunch of outdoorsmen, apparently. Awesome! The reward at the end of trail was a beautiful enclosed waterfall. W really enjoyed it. And of course, it's always great to see your kids happy.
Papa was awesome carrying N the whole time on his back. And he had to help me with W a lot, too. The map says it's a half mile but...that's bullshit. I know what a half mile feels like and that was waaaay longer, map! Way longer! Well, it was a good workout and I gotta say, it makes me feel like our family can get through some tough stuff when we stick together.
|Still hard to believe we have 2 boys! Will I ever get used to this sight?|
|W gets so giddy when we go walking.|
|My babies look even smaller amongst these grand trees.|
|W, your shadow is taking a picture of you!|
|He was so ready to enjoy the water after that grueling hike.|
|Um, mommy didn't bring a change of clothes dear. Sigh.|
|Isn't this kid awesome?|
|The road back.|
|Glorious pudginess at it's best.|