Car doors slam shut.
We have arrived.
Grammy suggested a hike.
Yes a hike down the trail, through a nature reserve, to an island sounds peaceful, even heavenly. Add in some twin toddlers and that perspective changes quickly!
It’s bound to be an adventure.
We start down the path and Cameron already wants to be carried. I try to motivate the boys with some favorite songs from the music class. No one really joins in, but all feet are firmly on the ground as we keep walking to our destination through lush vegetation, beautiful wildflowers and an occasional chipmunk.
I think all the adults realized that this walk might turn out to be a tad long for the kids so we get a little creative.
“Lets run to the bridge!”
Run, run, run, run!
“Who can see the roses…..the tree….the water?”
All of a sudden Daddy starts to sing a new song to the boys:
“We’re going on a lion hunt”
The adults dutifully echo the response. Then….
“I’m not afraid”
“Because I’ve got my brother, on the trail by my side”
“Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk”
“A rock!!!” Can’t go through it. Can’t go over it. We have to go around it!”
The twins joined in! They loved this song. But best of all it got them motivated and moving right to our destination. And when we got to the beach we found a huge driftwood tree where we posed for our Christmas card photo
Just look at all these snails!!!!
Toes in the sand, hunting crabs. What could be better?
We saw a minnow, some birds, a bunch of cute chipmunks, a real crab but thankfully no real lions.
The hike back was a challenge, but we all agreed the real treasure was the journey getting there and the beauty we were surrounded by along the way.
Great suggestion Grammy.
Next time we will be sure to take a stroller, and maybe a cocktail for the grownups if the hour is right 😉