Mr. Weatherman told me this past weekend was going to be gorgeous. When I heard 70 and sunny for Sunday, I decided to plan our entire weekend around it. Saturday I meal planned, grocery shopped, cleaned up and we all played in the yard so that Sunday we could go all out. And all out we went.
We ate breakfast at home, then loaded up the car to make the hour and half drive north to Stone Mountain State Park. We visited here a long time ago, about 7 years I’d guess, when Koda was a tiny puppy. It was her first camping trip and we loved the trails. However, the past few years babies have kept us busy and now that we are nearing the end of that phase, we decided it was time to return.
The weatherman didn’t lie. The day was phenomenal. David wore Hailey in the Kelty (that we had to dust off; it has been a while). I strapped Kaitlyn into the Ergo, first in front of me, but then switched her to the back pack position, where she was much happier.
We took the 4.5 mile loop trail (marked strenuous) backwards, meaning we tackled the steep and quick incline first. Man, our legs could feel it!
Koda had a ball, running ahead and running back, just plain giddy. Finally, we began to see signs of reaching the summit.
And man, did it feel like an accomplishment to finally make it to our picnic spot!
It might have taken us about 40 minutes to reach this point. We debated whether we should go for the entire loop or turn around. The perfect temperature dared me to say we should brave it, so we did. The trails on the other side were much more forgiving and leisurely.
On the way home I asked Hailey her favorite part, expecting to hear about the views at the top or the waterfall, but she surprised me when she stated boldly that sticking her hands in the creek was by far the coolest part.
Thanks to daylight savings, we made it home with sunshine to spare and ate dinner out on the porch.
Hello spring. SO nice to see you!
Where is your favorite place to hike?
What is your favorite warmer weather activity?
Who is excited for longer days?!?!? Wheeee!!