To celebrate the day, we opted to lace up our hiking shoes and explore Llandover Woods, which is a hop, skip, and a jump from our house. Embarrassingly, we'd never taken the time to go there before now; in fact, I didn't even realize it was a good place to tromp around with kids until I read a "secret places to hike with kids in/near Seattle" article online.
The loop that we hiked was just over a half mile long and provided plenty of lush landscape to look at along the way. Even with the ups and downs of the trail, our kids did great!! No one complained about tired feet nor asked to be carried. Woo hoo!!
Along the way, Eric and I pointed out things we noticed, like sprouting ferns, woodpecker holes in trees, thorny plants to avoid touching, etc. The kids soaked it up and created their own backstory for much of what we saw, including a fairy family lived below a large tree with partially exposed roots.
Our hike didn't take too, too long, which was good because the kids had swim lessons later on in the day and we didn't want exhaust them. That said, it was a perfect first-of-the-season hike and an ideal way to spend Mother's Day.
|Annika and Eric heading off into the woods|
|Annika just hanging around|
|Mama and her munchkins|
|Annika, queen of the woods|
|Conon, king of silly log standers|
|Conor found a flower and gave it to me as a Mother's Day gift...|
|So, Annika found a flower, too!|
|My little sweeties|
|Eric and the kids blazing a trail|
|Wuv.... twue wuv!|
|The kids loved the natural benches we found along the way |
and had to try out each and every one of them
|Conor securing his role as hike leader|
|The Olson Four in Llandover Woods|