Sunday, June 1, 2014

Trifecta Achieved

Eric likes to say that I hate all of God's creations.  I maintain that I prefer the air conditioned ones.  There are a few things I really struggle with, in no particular order:

1. Camping
2. The beach
3. Hiking

Memorial Day weekend, as you know, we attempted to go camping and when that fell through we ended up at the beach.  That was Friday and Saturday.  Sunday I was given a reprieve, thank you happy church day, but Monday it was back to keeping Eric busy.

Eric chose a hike.  He volunteered to take the big kids without me and Wardie.  It didn't seem right for me to sit at home alone though-and it wouldn't have been.  So, we loaded up and drove about 5 minutes to a hike in our town.  I pass by the head of this particular trail every day.  At least twice.  It's on the way to Maggie's school.  I've seen many people heading up the trail, but never anyone on their way back out.  It's probably a good thing, because the exhaustion on the faces of those on the way out surely would have scared me off.

The hike was 3 miles in to a waterfall.  We heard various running water sounds the entire way, tricking us into thinking we were getting close.  We weren't.  The trail is terribly marked, rather, not marked.  Many times we stopped to consider if we were even going the right direction.  Thankfully, we were.

We trudged along and eventually found the waterfalls.  We had about 10 precious minutes alone at them, before groups and groups of people poured in behind us.  The kids got soaked, we had a snack, and then it was time to head back.  Amos and Maggie didn't struggle one bit.  Audrey's legs wore out on her, but that girl pushed herself so hard.  Eric carried her once in a while, but otherwise she was one little sundress of determination.  The highlight for me was definitely seeing how tough Audrey is.

So, after camping, the beach, and hiking all in one weekend, I've come to the conclusion none of those activities are that bad.  As long as the camping trip ends in a hotel suite, I get to wear my sweatshirt at the beach, and Audrey is setting the hiking pace ;)

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