Sunday, April 28, 2013
So today we went on a pretty epic hike. I couldn't be prouder of my 7 year old who did the whole trail and never complained about being tired despide ascending and descending to three separate mountains scenic points. Some of the views were lovely. I did the entire hike with the baby on my back and my husband had our 4 year old on his back for the last third of the hike, including two of the climbs. We stopped for an hour at this unbelievably beautiful lake to have lunch and nurse the baby. Tristan did manage to get one leg wet in a swamp, but didn't fall into the lake this time, so that was good. I have to say I was getting a bit tired by the end of this one. It was 2 and 3/4 hours of solid hiking and an hours rest in the middle, which is really quite a long time to be in the woods. After having some trouble finding a trail head we were looking for I decided it was time for us to buy a new set of trail maps and stop relying on my memory, although I have to say so far my memory and a very good sense of direction in the wilderness has been working fine. But I am sitting down now with my new maps plotting some new routes for us to take. Some of the trails I want to do I think are a bit far for the boys.
The best part of our hike today was when a young couple met us as we were scrambling up a near vertical incline and commented on the load we were carrying and then called us "Hardcore." That's right. We were the hardcore ones. Still I have to agree, shepherding your three children (and let's face it, your husband as well) through the wilderness is totally hardcore!
Anyway, I only wish that in a minute when I drop into bed I would be allowed to sleep soundly until morning, but I imagine my little girl will be awake in an hour or so demanding to nurse again. sigh. But she won't be a baby forever, so I won't wish time away.