I was going to show y'all the rest of my dinner party photos (referred to in the previous cupcake post) but I got sidetracked by life, so here we are. (Next post, I promise to finish the dinner party) My family hikes. As in, we pack a big lunch, our weight in water bottles, and then spend half a day climbing to a mountain top, or lookout point. Then we suck in all the fresh air our lungs can hold, collapse on nearby rocks, down our lunch, soak in whatever view presents itself, and then try not to tumble over top of each other as we wind our way back down the way we came. And I have no idea why I agree to this after I'm about 20 minutes in. Not only that, we almost always drag unsuspecting friends and family along with us. It's kind of our thing. This past weekend, we really needed a diversion. My man was deeply struggling to reconcile his plans to the ones that have been made for him concerning his job situation, and a hike was a good way to take our minds off it. (It turned out to be one of the most amazing days.)Over the weekend, we brought newlywed friends Nurse Nicki and Todd with us. The climb was so crazy steep that this photo of me, halfway up the mountainside, pretty much says it all. Nurse Nicki and I collapsed and decided to take a nap on the rocks. Just joking. (It's so nice that my man was able to capture this, don't you think? To get him back, I"m going to tell you all something about him. Prepare yourself for a deep, dark secret. Adrain's guilty pleasure is the show, "Wipeout." The man DVR's the show, and then sits on the couch, often with my hoodlums, laughing his head off at the ridiculous one liners, and antics of the contestants. It's sick I tell you. Now I feel vindicated.)
the local wildlife....No matter what the signs say, you really should feed these little bears.
motivated for the real deal.
tea from nettle and dandelion. Boy am I excited!! "How about a steaming cup of compost tea?" (Name that movie and you can be my BFF.) Don't worry, I'll live... plus Adrain told me I can have his kidney if I need it. Ha! What a guy.
And this is an evil joke. Nurse Nicki and I were like, "Oh look.. a glove, pointing the way... must be close..." And then a week later, we finally arrived at our destination. (Okay so it wasn't quite a week...)
We had to cross this scary but cool bridge. It kind of reminded me of a rope bridge in Hawaii. Adrain and I went on a rain forest hike there, and there was this creepy rope bridge. If we hadn't been hiking with people we didn't know, and one of them hadn't been a guy who was terrified and taking forever to convince himself to cross, Adrain and I would have been in the middle of it, swinging it all over the place, and jumping up and down on it. Don't ask me why... it just seemed kind of fun. (I did feel very compassionate toward the fearful old guy, and I was careful not to rock the bridge much when he was on it.)
feet are to the edge! Are they crazy??
behind his body. Such a good daddy.
the view they were taking in. Not bad for half a day's work... And then, get this. We went to church, and the sermon spoke directly into our present situation... and then...get this... my man got a chance to lead someone to the Lord after church. It was a definite high point, that's for sure.
How was your weekend?