Over Memorial weekend, we took some time as a family and went exploring at a State park. It is a park that we have been to multiple times before we had the girls. In fact one of my favorite pictures is of Luke as a little toddler standing right here, standing on the rail trying to see over the lower pointy part of the fence. He is grown a bit in the last few years. The girls have never been there so we thought it was time to go as a family of 6. We picked some food up so we could have a picnic. I think that is one of my kids favorite things to do is to have a picnic. After we ate, we headed down to the falls.There is sort of a big loop that we always do. Luke is familiar with that path so he loves to run ahead. I think it is funny, Luke loves to lead if he knows where he is going. Ryan just tries to keep up. When we were heading back, I saw a different path that we have never taken before. We decided to go exploring a bit. Luke started looking very concerned…”Mom do you know where you are going? Where is the map? Are we lost? Maybe we should turn back now?”…..on and on. Ryan on the other hand shines on new paths. He loves to lead and we hear comments like…”Oh the path turns up here. Can we go this way? Look at the log we have to go over. I love that flower.”
About 20 minutes into our detour we came to a very open space with huge oak trees. There was nothing really grown on the ground so our path we were following disappeared. Luke was beside himself thinking we would never make it home. Ryan was smiling and laughing thinking this was the best part yet, no path to hold you back. It is amazing how different my two boys are. Eventually Ryan leads us to the other side of the opening and finds a small deer trail that eventually leads us back to a ridge to find the normal path. And then Luke takes over again..on the big path…all the confidence in the world when he know where he is going.
How did the girls do on this hour to hour and a half hike ? Well if you don’t remember, almost 2 years ago when we first adopted them, they would go into huge temper tantrums if they thought they had to walk more then three steps let alone all the way around the block. They did ok. They held Ted’s hands quite a bit. By the time we made it back to the normal path, Jenna was not a happy camper. Her pouty lip was pretty cute. Sadly to say, I didn’t get a picture of it. I think she would have started crying if I tried. It might have been worth it though…oh well. I am sure we will go on more hikes where I will have plenty of picture opportunities.