I didn’t realize when planning this trip that we would be here for Father’s Day but it worked out well. Yesterday was one of the first days that we had sunshine almost the entire day and hardly any wind. Graham said he wanted to go on a hike and the kids have been asking to hide the rocks they decorated so they were more than happy to head out to a new trail. We decided to start from the Oswald West South parking lot since we usually start from the North lot. The Necarney Creek trail seemed easy and not too long so we took that trail.
They each made a map that led to the place where each rock needed to be placed and we were suppose to follow them.
I bet you can guess who insisted we follow their map the entire time. She was a great little navigator and was especially concerned about staying on the right trail and her Daddy’s safety. She was not happy with him when he tried to walk out on this fallen tree over the creek.
It was a pretty trail that ran right along the creek so you had the sound of rushing water with you the entire time. There were also several spots that you led you to the creek bank. We try to stop whenever the kids want or when we see something we think may interest them. Throwing rocks in the creek and leaf races are always of interest to them. Also, rock, paper, scissors.
It always feels good to be in the forest, even if it’s just for a little bit. The sounds, the smells, immersing yourself in something other than the everyday hustle and bustle of needing to get things accomplished. For me, it’s a recharge. For the kids, it’s a time to encourage their curiosity and imagination even more. It’s become a part of our life, something that we all need and want. It’s hard for us to do these hikes when we are at home. We get involved in our daily life and everything that entails and forget to make time to get out in nature. We notice a difference in our mindset once we are out here and once we are back home I really want to make it a priority for our family to get out and find a trail and be in nature.
We lose track of time when we are on the trails and sometimes we take a wrong turn which ends up making the hike a little longer than we anticipated. Sometimes we end up muddy and sometimes we stumble upon a suspension bridge that the kids love crossing.
I remembered this bridge once we walked up to it. Last year we took a wrong turn when we were with my parents and ended up here too. We kept walking and found the tree trunks that made the kids look miniature so I had to get another picture of them on it. Am I becoming that mom that has to get a picture of her kids in the same place year after year? Possibly.
And somehow we always end up at Short Sands when we are in Oswald West. We did not plan on going to the beach. We planned on staying in the forest and hiking but once they saw that shoreline they asked to go down so we did. It was significantly warmer on the beach. The heat started to get to them. Imagine hungry, hot, clingy, crazy children and that’s what we had on our hands. We dress in layers when hiking so they started shredding layers and eventually ended up shirtless. If we had stayed longer I’m sure they would have ended up in their underwear.
We walked over to look at the waterfall we had seen from afar the last time we were there. We didn’t realize there were also tide pools over there and Gray wanted to find crabs. I wanted to see the waterfall. We hung out there for about 15 mintues and then decided it was time to go home. We had already hiked longer and further than we thought we would with all of the little trails we took off the bigger trails. Smores were on the must do list for that evening so we didn’t want to wear them out completely.
And man did they get down on some Smores.
The weather was crazy (at least for us Texans) yesterday. Driving home from our hike we noticed that the ocean was completely covered in fog. You couldn’t see anything but fog anywhere you looked over the water and it was rolling in quickly. You could reach out the window and it felt like you were in the clouds. Then it rolled back out. Once we started making smores we noticed we were surrounded by this fog. You couldn’t see out onto the beach. Then it would dissipate for a few minutes and come back. It did this all night.
It made for a beautiful sunset.
The only thing that would have made this Father’s Day even better is if our dad’s were here with us.
I could not imagine a better partner to do this life with, a better Father to the children God has blessed us with. Graham, you are truly special and I am so grateful that our children have you to help guide them through this life, to adventure with, to laugh with, to protect and love. Happy Father’s Day. We love you.