Monday morning I woke up from dreams of crisp blue sky, glowing trees of orange and reds and winding trails with vista views. We packed lunches, loaded our packs, promised the boys a day of adventure and hit the road. A mile or so into the drive I started noticing school busses and heavy traffic. Mr. Doozie and I looked at each other, "Isn't today a holiday?" We passed a school, the parking lot was full! I grabbed my phone and called the boys' school. Yep, classes were being held. Whoops!
We laughed at our oversight and drove on, glancing occasionally at the grey sky and offering little prayers that the sun would appear. Our road trip ended at the State Park grounds, just as the temperature gage on the car dropped a few more degrees. Thankfully Mr. Doozie came very prepared and even though the temps dropped and the sky grew darker we had all the gear we needed to still have fun with the boys.
Halfway through our hike the rain began to fall and I prepared myself for the whining that would ensue. Instead, the boys were thrilled, refusing to keep their hats on just so they could feel the raindrops. Thankfully there was a split in the trail and we were able to take a shortcut back to the picnic grounds where we could have lunch tucked away from all the wetness.
It wasn't what I imagined, the trees still boast more green than anything else, and the rain and chilly temps kept us from venturing further, but in the end it turned out to be a day of sweet memories made and a realization that our boys are up for the challenge when it comes to outdoor adventures! Bring on the camping and hiking!
It felt so good to escape from everything. To be together as a little family. I love love loved every second of it.
Now that is the way to spend the day! Everything looks so beautiful and I know how peaceful it must have felt.ReplyDelete
I thought everyone had off for the day too, but found out it was just Federal. Oh well, it was a beautiful day here too.
I am working on being "present", it's important. Patience is not one of my greatest virtues and waiting for a new addition to the family would drive me crazy. Good luck while you wait :)ReplyDelete
A mamma instigated day of hooky from school!!! what a great day---and the memories and nature study were much more important than that one day missed! (Columbus Day holiday confuses me, too---my hubby tried to explain that it was a 'floating' holiday for many places....honestly, a holiday is a holiday is a holiday....or it's just another day---pick.) :)ReplyDelete
This was written so beautifully! I LOVED all of the pictures. You made me want to be right there alongside you guys on this fun adventure! One day we will take adventures together! I know it! :)ReplyDelete
Ahhh Columbus Day and school?? Our kids had to attend:) Great pictures! It looks like you had a wonderful day:) One your family will not forget anytime soon! Thanks so much for your kind words at Curious Wisdom! I really needed them!ReplyDelete
I think missing a day of school was so worth the memories you created! What a great day!ReplyDelete
I just love hikes in the rain -- and I really feel like evergreen trees are at their best in the rain and fog we have here today..ReplyDelete
Nice family walk you went on.
I can almost smell the wet woods :)ReplyDelete
I love fungus pictures! I do! The variety in size shape color and texture is fascinating.
I am now looking so forward to November, when we might actually have a Little time to get out into the woods!
What a wonderful post Ko! I actually had the same thoughts about Columbus day...I checked my kids' calendars twice to make sure I wasn't going crazy about school NOT being closed on Columbus Day. I find this kinda weird.ReplyDelete
p.s. Love all of the vibrant pics and the recap of you family adventure. I can definitely see "author of children's books" added to your many talents! :)
I love being in the woods with my boys. I feel like it is the place they were meant to be. Especially when they are in a destructive mood (everyday). Our boys seem like they are close in age. Mine are 4 and 6. Such a fun age!ReplyDelete
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