weekend hiking.

Last Sunday I got the hiking itch. It was our first warm-ish weekend day of the year and the whole fam was ready to embrace it. All four of us tore through the house, cleaning at warp speed (with the help of the Taylor Swift Pandora station), in order to get out the door and into the sunshine as soon as possible.

We also enlisted a few of our favorite Huntsvillians to join us. The Cobbs and Jacksons have powerful hiking chemistry which would really be a shame to waste.

Plus, we have a fearless leader in the form of a nine year old. What else could we ask for?

We set out.

But predictably we had to refuel almost immediately.

We are vigorous, vigorous hikers.

The snack stop gave me a chance to turn my camera on these two crazy kids…

But then things took a non g-rated turn so I turned my camera to these crazy kids…

Brent mapped out a route that supposedly led to a waterfall…but some of us had our doubts.

We crossed a couple of ditches that Amy and I tried to convince the kids were waterfalls but that was a no go. And just when we thought all was lost…

water!

There was also a bench, which Amy and I immediately sat down on. (Vigorous hikers, remember?) But then Brent grabbed the camera and I said we couldn’t possibly be photographed sitting down on our epic trek. So we stood.

Meanwhile the kiddos set out to explore every nook and cranny of the “falls”.

Ephraim got himself into somewhat of a predicament that may have necessitated a tourniquet and makeshift stretcher had his Daddy not intervened in a timely fashion.

But all’s well that ends well and B-Ro lived to hike another day.

This was our first hike since Sarah has become a full-fledged reader. And I’m here to tell you folks, it’s not a good combination. “Dangerous descent ahead” just isn’t comforting to a seven year old hiker (vigorous or not). There was much stressing over that one. As well as the “now leaving Monte Sano park” that appeared halfway down our trail. And even the slightest suggestion that we might not know exactly where we were on the map? Forgetaboutit. This girl is a ball of worry in a Cubs hat.

Which is yet another reason why she’s my mini-me. (I can vividly remember the panic that ensued anytime the “low fuel” indicator came on in my car as a child.)

Gotta love us.

When our waterfall explorations were over it was unanimously decided that the daddies (plus our fearless 9 year old leader) would quickly hike back up the trail and drive the truck down to pick the rest of the crew up on the road about an eighth of a mile from the falls. Apparently there’s a limit to our vigor.

And even with our tired hikers there wasn’t a word of complaint on our short trek down to the road.

Because I bribed them with ice cream.

So on the way home we stopped at the market for ice cream cones, a little chicken for grilling and beer for drinking and then we joined up with another favorite family for an impromptu cookout at home. During which I may have suggested that we all move into a commune together. Or at the very least, keep our kids out of school on Monday and pretend we had one extra weekend day together.

Brent Cobb was the sole veto on both ideas.

Apparently there’s a limit to his vigor too.

AmyJMarch 13, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Great post. Great afternoon. Great friends! Thank you for documenting for us. (Let’s plan a hooky day on the next Daylights Saving. Monday would have been much more bearable together.)

StevenMarch 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm

That was an epic adventure that I’m sure we’ll be telling the grandkids about one day. The treacherous trails, the terrifying wildlife, the dangerous waterfalls. Thank goodness we had Brent and C. to lead us through. Whew ….! Had a blast with y’all 🙂

KristyMarch 14, 2013 - 10:01 am

Send some of that warm weather up here to Chicago… We are all suffering from cabin fever! Go Cubs 😉 Kristy

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