I know I am playing catch-up from summer activities but that is what happens when you have an infant. Last month when my brother and sister-in-law met Z we decided to go on a family hike.
We walked towards the falls ready for a hike. But there was no hiking along the river or by the five foot fall. Instead my bro and sis-in-law followed a short path to the river bank and across a few rocks to get a closer view. We saw several families swimming and eating lunch at the waterfront.
Confused by the lack of trails, we went back to the gate and were told to drive to the other side of the river. So, we packed everyone back in the car and found parallel parking across the highway from a small trail-head entrance.
The hiking paths were all different distance loops connecting to each other. We took one and figured we would, on the way, decide if we wanted to keep going or not. The trail was quiet and beautiful with speckled sunlight coming through the pines and the ground was covered in ferns and moss. Even in early July the it was muddy in a few places requiring a planks.
It was not a high exertion trip which was probably good as this was my first real exercise since having Z. I would find a closer hiking trail with maybe a waterfall worth exploring.
Still it was great to get outside and spend time with family.