Tuesday, May 26, 2009

To the Woods: Twin Falls State Park

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.


20 comments:

Frau said...

Wow it looks amazing there. I used to love hiking to a waterfall not far from our house in Utah. Great memories for the boys. Beautiful pictures!

Purple Flowers said...

Beautiful photos, and I like the idea about "tall tales"
I'm glad the family had a great time together! I call it 'memories in motion'

kks said...

lovely! very cool heart rock in your header...such beautiful pictures..
xo

Debra said...

One of my favorite things is a good hike. I bet the boys will grow to love it knowing how they enjoy being outside and playing with nature. The "Tall Tale" distraction could be used in many instances...

pve design said...

Let me share a Tall tale with you," I was served a special drink which a dear friend found on your blog and it had a lovely taste - with rosemary!"
Looks like a beautiful spot!

Francesca said...

Those are simple and real "distractions" that work and do the trick. I'm also not terribly good at coming up with them, while my husband is. Hope you'll be able to take more and more hikes as a family.

Elissa said...

beautiful!

Lori said...

this looks like a great family hiking spot!

KPiep said...

Just gorgeous! Makes me wish we had more nature around here. Ours is very tame in comparison - with perfectly groomed trails, etc.

Ina in Alaska said...

Lovely hike, perfect weather and the promise of more and more as young legs get stronger! Thanks for sharing as always. We enjoy nice hikes too..... but are watchful for bears!! and moose.... xoxo

Kwana said...

What a beautiful location. I need to get away. Thanks for sharing.

Deidra said...

We used to hike the Sleeping Giant when we lived in Connecticut. Oh how I remember the tired little legs and feet. Sweet memories. Beautiful pictures.

nicola @ which name? said...

oh, gorgeous! nice photos, lecia.
like you, we used to hike a lot and that lessened with kids. in fact, mike and my brother are backpacking right now and i am...home with the kids.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Anna said...

looks beautiful!

montague said...

so so gorgeous.

Ian said...

Great photos. I like your new header too.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Definitely great memories for you guys... Nature is simply GLORIOUS!

Debbie said...

ahhh i just took myself there and i feel some peace :) thank you!!!

Lyndsay said...

W-O-W!

Carol said...

Beautiful! I've got it on my list to make it over there some weekend.