I set off packing a lunch, a small first aid kit, (our last little adventure landed us in patient first), getting the kids ready and asking around to see if anyone wanted to join us. Once everything was in order we set off to pick up a sweet friend who we love and headed to Gun Powder Falls State park. The day was already gorgeous and I couldn't wait to get there. A small hiccup on my part made our drive about 20 minutes longer than it should have been but once we got started it was just wonderful.
Within minutes of setting foot on the trail the kids (especially Peanut) were skipping and running and loving life. Each of them had chosen a walking stick and were off to explore. They were climbing on fallen tree trunks, and several rock formations. They even found a snake in one of the crevices of one of the rocks.
|Not sure if you can see the snake but he is the black and yellow stripe in the very middle of the picture.|
About a mile into the hike we stopped at a stream crossing, ate lunch, climbed on rocks and got our feet wet. The kids didn't wear any shoes most of the day and loved climbing around barefoot. Our sweet friend spent most of the day helping our little Bean climb all over the place and I was thankful for the extra hands. Watching your 3 year old leap from rock to rock is a bit nerve racking and also quite exciting. I know she was having the time of her life.
My favorite memory of the day happened just before hiking back to the car. Booger was in the swimming hole up to his thighs looking for good skipping stones when he slipped and fell into the swimming hole. The look on his face from the cold water was priceless. He laughed and we laughed. We had to ring out his clothes and I had to even let him borrow one of my shirts on the way back to the car. But he was having such a great time and I was loving every minute as well.
I can't wait until summer when we can travel to this spot and really get to enjoy the swimming hole and maybe even bring a few more friends out with us.
On Saturday we forgot about the laundry and the dishes and everything else that 'needed' to be done and spent the whole day just hanging out. We even enjoyed some delicious Cracker Barrel on the way home. Thank the Lord for beautiful days, a gorgeous creation, wonderful family and great friends.