Last weekend gave us a short reprieve from winter weather. Following the polar vortex, but before the ice storm, we were given 2 days of 50+ degree weather. I would have loved to have packed up and gone far away for a good 5 mile hike, but since Jeremy was out of commission with his sprained back, I decided to go it alone with the boys so we could take advantage of the weather. On Saturday, Eli and I did our favorite trail close to home, and on Sunday I took both boys to a trail by the river so we could watch the huge chunks of ice float by.
Hiking is typically a family activity for us. It's one of the things we just like doing altogether. But when he's not able to come, I love spending this time with just the boys.
As soon as we got on the trail, Eli asked if he could be in charge of pictures. He asked what he should take a picture of, and I told him to just find something he thought was pretty and take a picture of that.
So he took some pictures of the snow.
Ta da! It's art to Eli.
This was Saturday of last weekend, and there were still patches of snow throughout the woods. I was surprised to even see this much, because it had pretty much all melted in town.
But we love the landscape on this trail, so it was totally worth it when the trail opened up into this meadow.
We found some ice to to play on.
And some animal tracks.
And a mile through mud, snow, and ice turned out to be just about enough for us, so we trekked back up the hill before we even reached the creek. We'll save the creek for a spring hike, I guess.
On Sunday, we went out for hike #2 of the weekend before the Superbowl Festivities began. This time Lex joined Eli and me, and we went to the river. Since it was the second day of 50 degree weather, we saw almost no snow left on the ground - just chunks of ice floating down the river.
This is a popular spot, so there were lots of people around this point of the river. Once we got on the trail though, we saw noone. Apparently, we are the only ones crazy enough to go traipsing through the mud for a winter hike.
See the Capitol building off in the distance? It's covered in scaffolding and tarps because of repairs and renovations.
Checking out the river.
Two bumps on a log.
Notice there is not a bit of snow.
So we stayed on the trail and threw some rocks from there.
Into the other realm. It does look pretty cool over here.
My little tree children.
This trail goes into the woods and then just kind of stops. So back through the portal we went.
Playing along the way.
And stopping once more to throw sticks in the river.
Two short hikes, but it was a great outdoorsy weekend!