We went on a family hike this past weekend – one of our favorite activities, but one that, between swelteringly hot weather and long hours at Carl’s job, we haven’t been able to indulge in at all this summer. It was the perfect day for it – sunny and warm, but the air was crisp enough that we wanted sweatshirts at first.
Carl showing the girls how to read the map and follow the trail markers
Can you spot the toad?
Two happy hikers!
I saw this stump and thought: “It looks like the gaping jaws of some giant mythological beast!” Then I thought: “I’m not even going to mention that to my family; they’ll think I’m crazy.” THEN I thought: “Well, I’ll at least take a picture of it for my blog; my readers get my kind of craziness.”
Feeling like a big shot because she hiked the entire thing (this was her first major hike having outgrown her backpack carrier)
I LOVE that Joy is photo-bombing this shot of Grace and Carl
Tired little chickie, snuggling with Dad
“Hey, maybe we’ll end up in Narnia if we walk through this arch!” (We didn’t)
Not only was it an awesome day just as a family, I felt creativity bubbling up in me like crazy. Nothing specific, no great story plots or characters, just general creativeness. It was so, so needed. Even though we all came home exhausted and sore (my legs are still aching today – scrambling up and down steep, rocky mountains while helping a small child requires some serious muscle work), we were laughing and chattering and just absolutely refreshed.
Where do you go to get revitalized?