This weekend we decided we were going to start doing more hiking. :) Over here in flat West TN, there are no real hills even to hike. But we found a little state park about 45 minutes away. Yesterday, we drove out there after church to hike. We stopped a little ways into the hike and had a picnic lunch. Then on we went. Caitlin was in a carrier on Jeff's stomach, and Haley Grace was the trail blazer. I think that was a term from my husbands childhood.
So we walked an hour in, and came upon a natural spring. It was kinda neat - there was a well built around it, and you could see bubbles coming up from the sand. All around was beautiful bright green bamboo!
As we were headed back, Haley Grace and I were in the front - Jeff says "hey look!" - we turn back, and there right beside the little path was a snake! It was big, but didn't look harmful. Why didn't we see it? From one of our last little adventures, I learned to watch my foot path, as I stepped on a big bad snake with out noticing. So now I watch my feet, but this was just out of my sight path. Haley wanted to mess with it to watch it move, oh the little lessons.
We also talked about erosion. There were these huge eroded paths that made Haley ask why it was that way. So she learned about erosion.
As we were headed back, Haley was clearly getting pretty tired. But being the trail blazer was what she needed to keep her going. No complaining or whining! Big difference from the last time we tried this!