We had a great weekend! The whole family is tired today.
Michael used to rock climb when he was in boy scouts. A few weeks ago I had expressed some interest in learning to rock climb because he loves it so much – if I loved it too we’d have another activity to enjoy together. We did some calling around and discovered that a climbing gym in Concord was having an open house on Saturday. I was really excited to try and Michael was over the moon! Until Saturday morning came that is.
Michael went out on Friday night with friends and had one too many soda pops. He was feeling okay when he woke up – but exerted so much energy at the gym that he was completely wiped out in the afternoon. We had friends over for dinner and by 9:00 pm both of us could barely keep our eyes open.
Anyway, back to the gym. We were taught to belay and tie in to a lead rope – both of us passed the belay test. While we were learning the basics, our children were running around like maniacs. We finally got harnessed and tied in and Brody was the first one up the wall. He’s a natural at climbing. He’s always been good, but Michael and I never realized how well he can climb. Our little boy raced up the wall, looking to see each hold as he went, and rang the bell at the top. Of course, being a great mom – I completely forgot all camera equipment. Evan tied in and took about 3 steps up the wall which was enough for him. He preferred to hang.
I told Michael that Brody will be at the top of Half Dome and Evan will be at the bottom in a hammock with the DVD player and a bag of popcorn.
On Sunday, we took the kids to Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve. It’s not a long drive from our house, but the road winds and winds, I think we even did a loopdee loop. Lucky for us Evan was sleeping so no one puked on the way there. Once we arrived we planned our hike. It was to be an easy hike since we had the boys. It started out easy, walking along Pioneer Trail, then took a turn for the worse as we went up Pool Ridge Trail. We finished on East Ridge Trail. Basically, it was up the side of a mountain for 2 miles and down the other side for 2 miles. Brody was a trooper. Loving the hike and all the forest had to offer. I only heard him complain for a very short time.
Evan, on the other hand, was a mess. He was fine on the short walk on Pioneer Trail, but as soon as the trail turned up, he demanded to be carried. Michael brought the backpack and ended up carrying Evan (all 42 pounds of him and 10 pounds on the backpack) almost the whole way. Meanwhile, Evan was in the carrier enjoying snacks and a drink. Michael and I joked that he brought a portable oven and was cooking pizzas. hee
You’d think that a 4-5 mile hike would wear Brody out. That maybe, just maybe, he’d want to plop on the couch and watch movies. Wrong-o! We got home, I went to target and Michael passed out on the couch. As soon as I got home Brody was asking to go to the park. Where does he get this energy from? I think I’ll start making him do laps around the school yard.