Ben has been taking the kids out on solo hikes this summer. (Solo meaning just one kid and dad.) Molly got the first turn, and together they climbed Bandera mountain.
It was a rocky, steep climb that had them both really sore the next day but they both had a lot of fun. They saw two snakes, one of which was about 3 feet long. We don’t get to see snakes very often so it was pretty neat.
I think the hike was about 7.6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 3000 feet. I was quite impressed!
Next up was William. Ben took him to hike Big Si for the first time. It’s not an easy hike so it is a kind of a rite of passage in our family to make the climb. (Ben first took Molly when she was 6 too.) Ben said it started out rough, but after a snack William did great. It’s about 8 miles round trip so it’s not an easy stroll.
William’s favorite part were the chipmunks and climbing on the rocks at the top. They spent about an hour climbing around before heading back down again. The next day William had his first experience with sore muscles.
Henry was so excited for his turn to hike. Ben took him to hike Tiger Mountain for about a 7 mile round trip hike.
Ben said Henry had tons of energy and did really well on the hike despite the fact that he barely touched his breakfast. They came back with most of the snacks that Ben had packed for the hike so I know he wasn’t kidding. (When the kids have a tough time with a challenging hike, Ben spurs them on with little snacks. The blood sugar boost is usually all they need to keep going.)
At the top of the hike they ate lunch and Henry had his picture taken by some people who were impressed that he had made it so far.
(Nice food in your teeth Henry! Too bad, your mom doesn’t have photo-shopping skills enough to fix it…)
One of Henry’s favorite parts was feeding the birds bits of leftover sandwich. They ate it right out of their hands which was really cool.
Last Saturday was Adelaide’s turn for a daddy hike. She was so happy to have a turn like the big kids. Ben took her to a small trail not far from our house and they hiked for about a 1/2 mile before stopping to have a snack break.
This was one of Addy’s requirements for the hike. She had listened to her siblings excitedly describe eating lunch and feeding the animals so she wanted her turn too. Unfortunately, the only animals they saw were some dogs, a slug and a bird, but she still seemed pleased.
After their strenuous hike, Ben took Adelaide out to lunch in a restaurant and then they stopped for an ice cream cone on the way home. Adelaide felt very special and was happy to tell me all about her hike when she got home.
I think it’s so neat that Ben made the time to take each of the kids out on their own hike this summer. They really appreciate the one-on-one time with dad and it is such a fun tradition. Next year I’ll be able to join them for some family hikes so that will be fun too. We live in such a beautiful area for hiking.