Alexi and I spent a fair amount of time hiking together before Abbott and Cal were born, and as the boys get older and more physically capable, we look forward to more frequent family hikes. Yesterday we went to Twin Falls State Park. (One thing I love about Seattle is the ability to be in the wilderness in less than an hour.) Energy and enthusiasm were high on the way to the falls; halfway back Cal started to get tired. As we were sitting on a log resting, I overheard a Dad playing a game with his daughter. They were taking turns telling each other a Tall Tale: one person came up with the topic, the other person told a Tall Tale about it. Brilliant, right? I never would have thought it necessary to come up with something to 'do' under these circumstances, but a story as a distraction worked brilliantly to get Cal back to the car mostly powered by his own two feet. And we both got to use our imaginations and be entertained in the process.