One of the most amazing things about being in this part of the country is the hiking. The kids & I acumulated just over 35 miles of trail time in the last six weeks. One of our hikes in Sitka took us from sea level to 2550 feet. It was 2.5 miles of switchbacks and giant steps in a heavy mist to reach the top.
Mt. Verstovia is one of our favorite places in the world. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles. Only Joe & I climbed through the last bit of slippery snow to make it the top. We set the camera up on a rock and I ran over to sit with him to take the last picture. When we lived in Sitka, we hiked up this mountain when I was nearly 8 months pregnant with Luke. It was the last time I had been up there. By now you all know I am one sentimental mama…. and I couldn't help but remember sitting on this rock six years ago thinking of the babe I carried in my belly. I knew we would be leaving Sitka a few months later and I wondered if this new little person would someday climb this mountain on their own…..
…..and there we all were.
As we headed down, the kids were at least three times as fast as the grown ups. As is the usual for them. I still can't figure out how they bound down these mountains like they do!
Tomorrow I've got one last outdoor story for you before we head home…. it includes a bear!