Monday, May 26, 2014

A Simple Saturday

We are always looking for new hikes to go on as a family!

I've been struggling to find new hikes that aren't hours away (right now, that's just too much for the twins - to be in a car for an hour...and then go on a two hour hike). So when I found one that was about 30 minutes from our house, I jumped at the chance.

We went to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center at the American River Parkway. Unfortunately, we went on Memorial Day weekend, so the rates for parking had gone up (to $8), which made the REALLY short hike not worth it. Maybe if we hadn't had to pay that, it would have felt a little better. But the trails (and, I'm pretty sure we did them all) were just all so short. I forgot my watch, so I'm not sure how many miles we did, but it couldn't have been more than 2 miles total (as in - we went on 3 different trails and only went 2 miles - short).

We have to go hiking early in the morning because it gets in the high 90's this time of year. But Connor does so well! He hikes all by himself and keeps up with us!
 Isabella takes a lovely ride in my backpack, but I'm pretty sure we're nearing the end of our backpack journeys (they're going to be three in June and my back isn't as young as it used to be. Ha.). I told Mr. Howard that I'm sad we're nearing the end of this stage in life and that it means we need another baby to fill the backpack. He was not amused. ;-)
 Aiden does really well on these hikes. He is normally so full of energy and wants to run around; but if you put him in the backpack, he sits and is really patient!
 There was a tiny pond on one of the trails and Connor was amused with the frogs that occupied it:
I didn't mean to turn this photo black and white, but after I did it - I sorta loved it. Doesn't the background look so pretty?
 The boys:
 Connor loves to go ahead of us, because he says we go too slow. We tell him we're old and then he giggles.
 I don't think I'd ever go back to these trails, unless there was an event or program (they have educational programs for school-age kids) that we were going to visit as well. But it got us out of the house on Saturday morning and gave us a little energy. That being said, if you're a family who hasn't ever hiked with your family - this might be the perfect introduction to you! I'd probably call it more of a Nature Walk than I would a hike. 

On our way home, we drove right past a Cole street sign. It's been a while since I've seen his name and this made Mr. Howard and me smile!


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We love hiking! We did a little over Memorial Day weekend though it was raining here in Texas. Fun photos! Glad y'all had a good time!

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