Thursday, May 29, 2008

hiking in dallas?

this past wednesday we went on our second annual sudan family dallas hike.  last year the hike consisted of my dad, sister and i (and little jayden along for the ride:)) going to lakegrapevine and hiking the trails there.  we had such a good time we decided to make it a tradition (my family really likes traditions - just fyi).  so this year we decided to indoctrinate jayden into the sudan world of hiking.  
growing up all of our vacations were spent going to national parks and going on all day hikes - this meant waking up at 5 and getting on the mountain by sunrise.  it was always such a wonderful time to be together and bask in the glory of God's creation.  usually my mom would stay back with the siblings who were too young to go.  my dad always led the way.  our first hike was in Big Ben National Park when i was about 10 or 11.  the funny thing about our hikes is that it always seemed to be an adventure and we would have near death experiences most of the time.  but it was amazing how we learned to trust God in whatever the circumstance and He would always show himself to be faithful.  if you ever want an exhilarating experience then go for a hike in a national park.  you will be able to see the awesomeness of God's creation and it is such a good bonding experience with whoever you are with.  plus - hikers seem to be the nicest people.  all games or off - you are all "equal" in the world of hiking - everyone is there to do the same thing and it is great.
so for our second annual sudan dallas hike we decided to go to cedarridge preserve.  it is a really beautiful unique place in cedar ridge.  there were some area's of the hike that were very lush with cedar trees and small streams and other areas that had quite the prairie feel to them. this hike was a little more difficult in our eyes because we brought the jogging stroller with us.  there was some elevation and a lot of big roots in the ground that made pushing the stroller a bit difficult.  (thankfully my dad took that job most of the time!)  the hike consisted of me, my parents, my sisters amy & marybeth, & of course little jayden.  we had a wonderful time of being together and enjoying a random day in the middle of the week to experience and take part in God's beautiful creation.  (even in dallas texas!)
here are some pics from the trip! 


Stuarts said...

What fun! It's so good to see pictures of your family! We miss them. Please tell your parents we said hello!

Robyn said...

christy that is such a neat tradition. seriously, how meaningful and wonderful to have those memories and time with your family!

Mama Jeannie said...

Hi Christy,
I am in your mom and dad's LG and I found your blog through your dad's. I love hearing about your family and your love for God and how you see Him in His beautiful creation. What a great family tradition... hiking the trails of this country we are all blessed to live in... even in Dallas TX!!:0) Think I'll talk to my own crazy fam. about that possibility of such a tradition as well. I LOVE the thought of it. Blessings, J