Saturday, August 13, 2011
Great Bear. Great Day.
Well, I'm way behind on the blogging again. But I'm going to do my best to get caught up here. We actually visited Great Bear on the morning of Tuesday, August 9th, but I worked a couple of overnights this week and then I was just too tired to blog on the nights I wasn't working. Anyway...No more excuses.
If you ask the kids which park visit has been their favorite so far, they will tell you, hands down, hiking at Great Bear! They absolutely loved it! How have I never been out there in the summertime before? It really was a lovely way to spend a cool morning. Leah and Bo told us they wanted to do a hard hike, no baby hikes for them. Baby G was in the Moby, so we just hoped it wouldn't be too difficult for Fletch to keep up. Nope. There were just a couple of steep spots where we had to slow down a little bit for him and at the very end, he allowed Bill to put him on his shoulders. But up until that point, he was not even interested in holding a hand. If the big kids could do it, he could do it!
I suppose if you wanted to get a workout, you could carry a weighted backpack or go a lot faster, but we were in no hurry. We wanted to "stop to smell the roses." Or as the case may be, stop to see the snakes, stop to see the salamanders, stop to see the frogs, stop to see the bird, the butterflies, the flowers, and so on and so on. The only not-so-beautiful part about hiking in town is that while the surroundings looked peaceful, and you couldn't really see anything from city life, the peace and quiet was occasionally interrupted by the back-up alarms from trucks at the nearby excavating businesses. It wasn't exactly the Canadian Rockies or anything for the majestic scenery and pristine glacial waters, but considering it was less than ten minutes from home, it was definitely worth it! The kids, and I, can't wait to go back and try the other trails sometime!