this morning, i came out of my darkened
cave room to discover sunshine spilling into our great room. so much in fact, that i couldn't even distinguish between the over-the-sink light that i left on last night and the brightness of the rays. without a second thought, i asked jackie if wanted to go for a hike (that's like asking if he wants a tootsie pop!) and he quickly exclaimed YEP! a quick change of the jammies (x3), a loading of the lunchbox, and we were off.
it was only as we were barreling down the road that i glanced at the temperature gauge and saw an alarming 39 degrees. whoopsie! but like the snacks i never leave home without, the truck is always packed with extra mittens, wool hats and sweatshirts. so i knew we'd be ok.
the side we regularly hike, begins with a steep climb, instantly warming up the body. we hadn't been hiking for 5 minutes before jackie shook off his mittens and peeled off his jacket. of course, that didn't last very long - until we got up and out into the open. and then... brrrr!
on top of the chilly temps, i now know why we only hike in the warm summer months. mud! the frost settles on the powdery dirt, and once the sun hits it, instant goop. i must have fallen down half a dozen times - and that's really scary with 28 pounds on your back. thankfully, all my spills were in relatively flat areas. and just how sweet is my son? oh, mama! you ok? i'm so proud of you!
next year, he should be ready for a sheep hunt.
a little chilly at the top
the salami hanging out of dyl's mouth is a nice touch.
don't you think?
coming down, making sure to get extra dirty.
mama, i so filthy!