2010/01/22

Just a bit of God's Splendor






We went for a hike last weekend. It was a beautiful day to behold and we knew that the week following would bring its share of wind and rain, so we decided to make the most of it. We packed the kids in the BRV and took the dog along too. We arrived at the hill, it felt like a mountain, and discovered that Salt would have to stay put in the van and salivate on our windows because dogs weren't allowed on this particular trail. It turns out that was a huge blessing in disguise. The hill was an arduous work to master with 3 littles in tow. The terrain started off mild and we made great distance with relative ease. Because we forgot the backpack carrier Silas rode most of the way up and down on Jake's shoulders. I wore Samuel in the bjorn which is not friendly for hiking. The terrain quickly turned from ease and laughter to steepness and heavy panting. Libby with all of her 4 year old wisdom, which comes naturally from being sheltered at home all her little life declared, "I'm too big for this hike!" It's hard to laugh when you're panting. We were defeated and didn't make the top. We hadn't packed lunches and weren't carrying more than one water bottle between us. So, we made it half way up the face of the hill which was approximately 870 feet. We took a picture and then we headed back down the hill, Libby slid/fell nearly all the way down. We kept hearing her little squeals and gasps with shouts of, "I'm too big for this hike!" We have set it in our minds to come back with food, more drink, and backpack carriers so that we might defeat the hike another day.

5 comments:

lifelove'n'wine said...

Looks like a beautiful time. We love hiking. It can be hard to enjoy it during the hardest parts that have you gasping for air, hungry and thirsty. But those views, the fresh air, the fun of hiking with those you love, and the feeling you get after a good workout are all worth the effort!

Claire Higgins said...

Ohhh do I miss going on hikes! The pictures make me drool.

john.reynolds1@mac.com said...

what fun!

pops said...

What a great description!!

Karen said...

Let's do it when I come to visit! I will bring my sneakers!