Ken's mother was with us from December 14th until New Year's Eve. On her first day here, she said how much she was hoping that she could get to this one local park for a hike.
It was on her Very Last Day here that we finally got all our ducks in a row and got around to getting to the park. But it was a glorious morning for a hike.
It had rained the day before, and it was pretty chilly, but the sun was shining, and there were puddles everywhere...
And it's not an adventure if you don't have to watch your back...
It's kind of fun to freak the kids out with a well placed "did you see that rustling in the grass?" while we're hiking.
Every year, we take a picture of the kids on "The Bendy Tree". This year, it was quite exciting, because of the recent rains, and the winter's growth of moss that made the bendy tree nearly un-scalable. Nate was placed on the tree, Kelly needed a boost, and Skip nearly broke his neck getting into position.
They're up pretty high. Their knees are about at my eye level.
Alas, we didn't see any mountain lions.
But we're going to go back in about a week...
So we can start counting flowers. We were just a little bit too early this week, and only saw buds.