Sunday afternoon of August 12th came and we did not want to just sit at home all day like normal. It was not a normal Sunday after all...we had Olga back home with us. Jared thought it would be a good day to go do a little hike together. I thought it would be good too except the traffic of coming home. Jared figured we were going late enough it should be fine.
So off we set as a little family for Deception Falls! We got there and put Elizabeth in the front pack and put Benjamin in his little rainbow stroller and went off to hike. We went backwards so we didn't finish with the switchbacks. I am not a fan of switchbacks! We deviated off the path down to a stream and found some fun places to play. I sat down and nursed Elizabeth in the middle of the river. Not a place I ever thought I would do that but it worked well and I was comfortable.
Benjamin had fun throwing rocks with Olga. That was a tender moment watching them interact. Whereas in the car Benjamin would look at Olga and push at her face to say don't look at me. It was pretty funny! Oh and Olga totally fits between our car seats in our Tiguan. I knew she would!!! Jared didn't think she would. I was right!!! Olga says she has plenty of room and is comfortable.
We could really feel the difference from being in the sunshine near the Highway and being in the woods near the river. It felt great. Doesn't mean we didn't get sweaty!
The breeze coming down this section and the spray from the falls felt so good!
This is a classic Olga picture!
Benjamin grabbed his daddy and led him out to this point on the rock.
Benjamin is pretty fearless and wants to get up to high places or as close to the water as possible. This means you've got to keep a close eye and a tight grip on his arm sometimes. Jared has a death grip on Benjamin in a lot of these pictures.
This is another spot where Benjamin really wanted to go. It's underneath the bridge kind of. I will admit my heart was racing a little bit watching them down there. But Benjamin looked so happy!
Olga trying so hard to get a quick good photo with Benjamin.
Well we made it through our hike and had a great time. When we got back to the car Benjamin sat down in Elizabeth's car seat with his Forza 4 book.
Then Olga got in Benjamin's car seat! It was pretty hilarious!
After a nice hike we had a nice drive home...almost! We came to a stop outside of Index and stayed in stop and go traffic for the rest of the way home. Elizabeth had slept so nicely in the front pack on the hike that of course she woke up and was hungry. I kept hoping traffic would lighten up but no such luck. We pulled over and I took care of Elizabeth and we had a lot of people looking at us and wondering what we were doing. I am sure some people wondered if we were the reason for traffic. It took us 2 hours to get home from Index which is typically a 30 minute drive if that. Needless to say dinner was late that night. But we definitely had a great time and enjoyed being together again out in nature with Olga.