Last year about this time, Murray Williams and I took our daughters on a hiking excursion. It was a big hit with our kids and with us. So I sent out invitations (sorry if I forgot you...as people come to mind, I feel bad for forgetting them), and set the date for the Father/Child Hike 2008!
This year, we decided to hike at Devil's Den State Park. Me and Emma met Finley Robinson (with Elle & Silas) and Mike Munter (with Kyle) at the Visitor Center around 10:00 AM. It was originally supposed to be 9:30, but we quickly found ourselves in the thick of the Joe Martin Stage Race. 40 road bikers on mountainous terrain for 10+ miles is not good for being punctual.
We hiked the 1.5 mile Self-Guided Trail (National Recreation Trail). We stopped at the first cave (Devil's Den) and Finley took each kid in about 20 feet one at a time to get their spelunking feet wet. The consensus: it was really dark. After poking our heads in the crevaces and Devil's Ice Box, we made it to Twin Falls. With some rain this week, both falls were actually flowing. The kids loved it, so we stopped and had a snack. It's amazing that all the kids handled a moderate-rated mile-and-a-half trail without one complaint! And no one got injured, either. Always a plus!
After we got done hiking, we drove down to the Dam and ate a light lunch at a picnic table overlooking the waterfalls at the dam. After lunch, we all went and chilled beneath the Dam and threw rocks into the water. It was a great way to finish off a great day of outdoor adventures!
I now have a vision of the Annual (or Bi-Annual!) Father/Child Hike Day event(s) for the coming years! If you're interested in joining us for our next big outing, let me know (comment or email). We'd love to have you, and your kids would love going!
More pictures can be found on Flickr.