This last weekend was supposed to be a trip to Mt. Baker, to spend time together as a family with Nana, Papa, Auntie Stephie, Dee Dee, Buzz, and little Isaac…however, plans change. As it turned out, I got to take the three big kids to Mt. Baker while Karissa and Audrey stayed home to rest and to work on other projects (blog post to come I am sure).
With Nana and Papa sharing their time share at Mt. Baker with the rest of the aforementioned family members, we were looking forward to some quality time staying right off the Mt. Baker Highway near the Nooksack River. Karissa and I found a reasonably priced place to stay since our growing family no longer fits in the condo. I was lucky enough to get off work early on Friday night, came home, packed up the van with our little family minus the two and headed North.
We got to our rustic cabin, moved in, and got ready for bed because we had a tremendous day ahead of us. We were off to some breakfast with the family and then to hit up the Skyline Divide trail. This was an ambitious undertaking for our three little hikers, but they were up to the task, well, mostly anyway. From the trail head, it is a two mile, 2150 ft elevation gain (steep for those counting at home) to a most beautiful North Cascades meadow with stunning views of the surrounding Cascades and Mt. Baker looming nearby enticing all climbers. Our little group was not about to go one step further, so we enjoyed lunch in the glorious meadow resplendent with wildflowers.
You might be wondering why I was not wearing a shirt for some of those pictures. It was not because I was trying to show off my manly physique, nor was it because I was too hot (it was a delightful temp), it had everything to do with the fact that Kyler had decided that a good way to thank his Daddy for carrying him all the way up the two mile trek on his back was to pee on him. Yep, Kyler was in a ergo backpack, meaning that the only thing between me and him was his pants and my shirt. So that wetness on my back that I thought was sweat, it turned out to be urine. Nice. So off went the shirt. Of course both boys wanted to get in on the shirtless action.
A few other highlights were Nana singing “Climb every mountain” from the Sound of Music and of course Auntie Stephie getting knocked off the trail, down the hill, and onto a tree by a little horse fly. You might want to ask her about that. Once we figured out she was okay, we all shared a bit of a laugh.
Of course the hiking was Daddy’s highlight, but the highlight for the kiddos was the pool. They just loved jumping in from the side, “swimming” over to the stairs to do it all over again. Kyler must have jumped into my arms 200 times during the three times we went to the pool. Time with their Auntie’s, Uncle, and cousin was treasured as well. One of Caleb’s most treasured activities is throwing large things into the river. Pictured above you can see him holding up quite a large tree that he found and proceeded to toss into the river. It wound up getting stuck on rocks, but between throwing rocks at it, Papa going wading out in the water, and some enthusiastic cheers, that tree made it down the river (at least around the bend).
We missed Mama and Audrey, but we had a great weekend away. We are so grateful that Nana and Papa have a little spot that is not too far away, perfect for a weekend getaway. Much fun was had by all, and plenty of memories were made.