a couple of weeks ago we went with my family to the cascade national park in washington state. it was such a wonderful time of being together, hiking, and enjoying God's beautiful diverse creation. growing up our family trips always consisted of going to a national park and spending most of the days on day long hikes. it was such a fun thing to do together and we usually came away with many fun memories and some life threatening situations that we got ourselves in!
thankfully this time there were not any life threatening situations - but just a lot of fun and good work outs!
the first day we all went on a 7 mile hike (yes all 13 of us - 10 adults, 3 kids). it was so much fun and we had beautiful vistas the whole hike. it was quite a workout with jayden in a backpack on jordan's back and duncan in the bjorn on me. but i was so glad that we got to be together and all of us got to experience the hike together. the next day we went on shorter hikes that were not quite so strenuous. the third day everyone but my mom and i and the kids went whitewater rafting. my mom and i took the kids pick blueberries at cascadia farms show farm. i am sure a lot of you are familiar with that brand - i had no idea that it was made there in the cascade mountains. they had the BEST ice cream at this show farm!
the fourth day we left jayden and emery kate with our babysitter - sweet maria (who is awesome by the way - so glad that we brought her she was such a great addition to the fam!) and the rest of us went on a long, strenuous hike. it was such a good intense work out - but unfortunately because of the wildfires - once we got to the top there was no view to be seen. it was clouded by smoke. the last day was spent at bakers lake and hanging out.
it was a great time with everyone and i am so thankful for my sweet family! everyone is so unique and brings such different giftings and personalities to the group.
thanks mom and dad for such a wonderful trip!
we loved it!