Yesterday we headed to one of our favorite places to hike with the kids, Oswald West. We knew there was rain in the forecast and the weather changes so quickly here that we didn’t want to venture too far. It’s also such a great hike for the kids with a well marked trail and not too long. We started at the south entrance parking lot at the Cape Falcon trailhead again, this is right off the 101 and you can miss it if you aren’t looking for it.
This time it was pretty muddy but they didn’t mind. They just saw it as an obstacle course and figured out how to maneuver around the muddiest parts. I bought the kids their own little polaroid cameras this trip. I thought it would be a fun way for them to document the things that they saw and were interesting to them. They were really excited to use them and were very particular about what they took pictures of because they knew they only had 10 pictures in their roll of film. I imagine by the end of this trip we will have a lot of pictures of banana slugs.
I am really proud of Olivia because she did not ask to get on my back once during our hike to Short Sands. Her endurance is improving with each hike that we do, no matter how short it is. Grayson has been great on our hikes for awhile so it’s nice that Olivia can keep up with her brother now.
We weren’t sure if we would go down to Short Sands on this hike but once we reached the little viewpoint and the kids heard the waves they asked if we could go to the beach.
It wasn’t very crowded but that’s probably because it was a Monday and the clouds in the sky promised rain at some point. I could see that Olivia was getting tired so I knew our time spent here would be short. We played in the sand a little and Gray skipped some rocks. The tide was getting high so we couldn’t explore areas that we did last time. It’s fascinating to me how so much of the landscape can be covered in water at different times of the day and others it’s exposed for you to explore.
We walked over to this stream and right about that time Olivia finally asked if she could get on my back. I didn’t hesitate to say yes because I knew she was tired. She told me that her legs were sore because she did so much walking and that she wanted to take a quick nap. How could I say no to that? She may be four but she is my last baby and as long as I can wear her, I will. So many of our adventures have been with her on my back. I’ll miss it when she no longer asks to go up or my back can no longer take it, whichever comes first.
Our first day out was a pretty good one. Graham and I didn’t think we overly exerted ourselves but we were so tired and more sore than I would like to admit that night. Today we have made no plans yet. The kids joined me on my run and we played in the sand a little bit but the rest of our afternoon is open. While Graham works, we are having down time before we head out for the day, where that may be, we will soon find out.