Recently, the kids were out of school for a couple days for a fall break, and we decided to go on a big hike.
We walked and walked and walked and climbed and climbed and climbed.
We sat on rocks and let our minds get lost in the sounds of rushing water.
The kids played in the water and I took as many pictures of the trees as I could.
The kids let me get an occasional picture of them.
We all cracked up at how mesmerized I was with the lichen on the trees. I promise you I took no less than 75 pictures of trees with lichen on them.
We saw rock formations with trees growing out of them…
We took time to stop and tilt our heads completely back, so we could see as far up into the trees as possible.
We stopped to take pictures of leaves that kind of…sort of…halfway looked like hearts.
Big brothers carried little sister at some points.
We hiked for what seemed like forever, when we realized we were way past the 3 mile point.
Finally, after 4.7 miles, we reached the waterfall we had set out to find!
Andy and I collapsed and the kids played in the water.
Luke pounded his chest like he was standing on top of the world.
We hung out at the waterfall for as long as we could before we had to start heading back…after all, we had 4.7 miles to get back to our car!!!
I was amazed that our kids never complained…not even the 6 year old! We laughed almost all the way back telling stories of other family days we have had together over the years. Memories are good.
About halfway back, the kids begged to take a break, so we gave them a few minutes to sit on one last rock and take it all in.
You’ll be happy to know we made it back to the car. This old girl ain’t what she used to be. Andy was fine, the kids were fine…I, on the other hand, could barely shuffle my feet. My hips and lower back were screaming at me for pushing them to walk me 9.4 miles in one day. I battled with my pride…I used to be able to run 10 miles. But, I made it. We made it! Time together refreshes us and makes us glad we’re family. Laughing about other shenanigans that we’ve had on family days was needed….laughing is good for the soul. We loaded up, buckled up and all rolled down our windows and yelled out to that trail that we were glad to have met it but that we’d NEVER see it again. Done. Checked off the list. Have you had any fun family days this fall?