I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive because
of my lack of fitness it’s been so long since I’ve done it, but we made it with all seven of our children in tow!
|Getting ready to begin!|
Abbey had a great idea and brought along a nature scavenger hunt for the kids. They all seemed to have a good time searching for their little treasures! Aron accidentally dumped the contents of his bag out during the hike and didn’t realize it. After some tears over this travesty, he cheered up when Gabby and I helped him replace everything.
With seven children between the ages of 2-9, we had to take frequent breaks going up. We had originally planned to hike the entire trail and then come down and have a picnic lunch together before heading home for naps, but we both underestimated both the difficulty of the trail and the length of time it would take us to get to the top and back down! Oops! Thankfully, Abbey brought some peanuts and I had a few animal crackers while we hiked, otherwise it could have been a major crank-fest as the kids grew hungrier and hungrier.
We came across the foundation and chimney remnants of an old log cabin. The sign nearby said that it had been inhabited as recently as the 1920s. I love little bits of history like this. 🙂
Lydia had the beginnings of a fever and well, she’s two, so she got to be carried nearly all the way up and down the mountain. About halfway up, she took a little snooze. That’s the life, eh? Outdoor air, nice siestas, cuddles. Yep, she’s living it up!
This particular hike is significant to Alec and I. Many moons ago when we were only dating, Alec had a negative reaction any time that his birthday was mentioned. He’d had several unfortunate events occur on or near his birthday in the past and so he didn’t like to talk about it or celebrate. I took this as a challenge! I mean, everyone should love their birthday, right?!
So, I concocted a scheme. At the time, we both were employed at a local restaurant. I spoke with the manager in charge of scheduling and had her place Alec on the schedule for that day BUT I had her secretly arrange for another employee to come in and cover his shift unbeknownst to him. I asked my roommate at the time (I was still in college) and another friend and her husband to come to the restaurant and “kidnap” Alec, blindfold and all and drive him to where I was waiting in my car at the halfway point between there and the mountain. They made the transfer and I kept him blindfolded for a little while longer and then let him take it off since he was going a little crazy with it on. 🙂
We arrived at this mountain and I had a backpack full of great picnic foods and we hiked up to the top and ate our lunch right in the very spot that the children are standing in here:
Needless to say, Alec enjoys his birthdays now and I’m glad to have had that memory with him. The children got a kick out of hearing the story as well, especially Gabby.
After some rest and after all the children showed off their nature finds, we headed back down the mountain to EAT! 🙂
It was a great day and really reawakened my love for hiking and outdoorsy adventures(even though my arms and legs were SORE for three days afterwards!)! I plan to make this a more regular habit, especially with the upcoming cooler fall weather on its way!
15. Go Hiking