I had really wanted to go hiking a couple of weeks ago, and so it was perfect when Jonas suggested we hike to Blue Lake. Okay! We did it last year and it was pretty awesome. But my kids haven't been the best of hikers this summer so I was a little worried. But they kept talking about it and so at least it wasn't something I was forcing them to do. It turned out to be a great hike and the kids did awesome:
We headed back down the trail - in our rain ponchos, though it never poured on us, just some slight drizzling. The weather was pretty much perfect - overcast and cool. The camera had taken one more picture of our "trash monster" kids (them wearing their trash-bag ponchos), but I guess it didn't have enough batteries to save/record it, because it's not here. Total bummer. But here was the song the trash-monsters sang: "We are trash monsters and we don't care. We make messes everywhere." They chanted it quite frequently on our way down.
The kids played the game where they go ahead of us parents and then hide - putting their hats on the trail so we know where they are hiding. It keeps them motivated in hiking down the mountain. We cruised down (well, it still took us about 2 hours), without any breaks.
Oh, we did get to eat a few wild raspberries on the trail. They weren't quite ripe, but were still a tasty, tangy treat. So fun.
Yay for hiking with the family!