Father's Day has come and gone but it is still fresh in my memory. The day before I had ran a 16 mile trail race in a little over 3 hours, but on Father's Day when asked what I wanted to do, I wanted to spend the day in the woods with my girls. We would only hike a little over 2 miles but the time it took, I wish lasted forever.
I awoke in the morning to find My Robin in the kitchen making breakfast, pancakes and bacon. It was scrumptious and went wonderfully well with my cup-of-joe. It took a bit for Bug to eat, and in that time we got the kiddo up and let her go through her morning routine as well.
It didn't take us long to come up with a new plan, our fail-safe, our go to when all else fails, Frozen Head. It seemed that it would be great day to take the kids: Bug, Kiddo, and her Beau to Debord Falls via Panther Branch Trail to let them romp in the pool at the base of the falls. We opted to take the long way around to get to the park, this would allow Bug to get a good nap in before reaching our new destination.
Now anyone with kids, small kids know that they don't go very far and easily get distracted. However on this hike I have to say, I was quite amazed that Bug took a good while before she really got distracted. As she likes to proclaim, she is naturally a "Little Hiking Girl". Two and a half years old and she can easily hike a mile on her own power. Today she made it about a quarter mile before she spotted a small trail to a little pool area in the creek that runs alongside the trail. So we opted for the pull off for a chance to let the kids play and enjoy the surroundings and the cold creek water.
Life Straw, a new photog backpack from Lowepro, and a camera sling strap from Joby (Those reviews will be coming soon so stay tuned).
After a bit, we got Bug all dried and ready to hike a bit further up to Debord Falls. She was walking with Kiddo and her beau, while Robin and I trailed along behind them. It wasn't long before Bug was ready for a ride on Daddy's shoulders. I don't think that she was tired, I think rather she just wanted a Bird's Eye view of the trail. It didn't take long though before we reached the cutoff from the trail and the stairs down to the waterfall.
I believe Bug was in awe of the site before her. As a matter of fact, I believe this was her first visit to a waterfall. It didn't take long before she was ready splash and play in the water again. This time, I took my shoes off and joined her. Robin was more than happy to take photos and just enjoy watching us play.
We made it back to the car and headed back to the homestead, but not before a brief stop for 1/2 price shakes as a trail treat. It was the best Father's Day Ever.
Tim and Robin