We had a day last week when Adventure Man was off. In fact, I think it was the first one since we opened! So we went for a hike. More of a walk really. We went to the pond just up the trail from our house. We went up last year, almost exactly the same time (last year was the 12th and this year was the 14th) and took family pictures. It was beautiful.
|June 12, 2011|
This year I was amazed at what an easier time I had. I had just had a baby last time I hiked it. That, and last year was a very wet year. There was water on the trail. Mud threatened our every step.
When we got to the pond we realized just how dry this winter has been.
|June 14, 2012 ~ After a dry winter|
As the kids ran off to investigate the mud Adventure Man and I looked at each other. Knowing the trouble a dry summer can bring after a drier winter. What every awe inspiring thunder store can leave behind on a mountain top like ours. Fire.
|The mud puddle that used to be the pond. Makes me think of The Land Before Time!|
|Rock Staking By Adventure Man|
We headed back home. We all had a nice hike. We got lots of fun pictures.
|Little Bear in my "piggy-back" backpack still has a cough and wanted a ride. |
Lou Lou took the picture.
And then my 4 year old announced, just before the house was in sight, that he had to go potty. As the rest hiked on, I told him the wonderful secret of how the bears do it. He was delighted!