Oh Adam’s Falls, one of the places we have the best memories with our children. Last year we visited but didn’t get to stay as long as we had hoped but had such a wonderful time that we knew we had to visit again one day. We didn’t expect it to be the next summer but were thrilled when it worked out that way.
I think the secret is getting out about this little slice of beauty in the Rocky Mountains because it was more crowded this year than last but we found some spots that no one else was around and made ourselves right at home exploring.
I really wanted to cross this downed tree and had worked up the nerve to do it and then quickly lost it once I got halfway out there. I should have just kept going but psyched myself out. Next time though.
If I remember correctly it was a warmer day so we tried to stay down by the water where it was cooler and the kids could get in if they wanted to. We found a hidden spot along the creek and had lunch while searching for bugs.
I often wonder what the two of them talk about when they are alone. I have asked before and they look at each other with a little smirk and she always replies, “Oh nothing!” with a giggle. She has such a sweet spot for her Daddy and the way they are together makes me feel a joy I didn’t know was possible. It brings so much comfort to know that he will always be there for her, no matter what and that she trusts him completely.
We didn’t hike very far last time so we decided to go further along the trail towards East Inlet Creek and Echo Creek. We went as far as the beautiful meadow where there were several fly fishermen and mosquitos.
Olivia was getting tired and we wanted to get back before the evening showers so we headed back. Halfway down Olivia decided she was finished hiking. I didn’t bring my carrier so we took a break and let her “rest” before we continued. I’ve talked about it before but hiking with kids isn’t always easy. The pictures we see on Instagram and even here on my blog may make you think otherwise but our kids have their moments of wanting to quit. It’s inevitable. I don’t know any child that is going to go make it the entire hike without saying they are tired at some point. It’s not easy for them all the time but it is worth it. I know I sound like a broken record when I say that but I mean it. Once we complete our hike and talk about it later that day or even months down the road, the kids don’t remember that they got tired or sat down in the middle of the trail refusing to take another step. They remember the bugs we found, the rivers they played in, the animals they saw and the feeling of accomplishment.
So I will listen to a little complaining every now and then on the trail because in the end being together out there is what matters. It brings us closer together.