Enchanted Rock, 2014
For quite a while our kids had been requesting a “backpacking” camping trip–where would need to hike out away from our car and “rough it” so to speak. Seeing that they are only 5 and 7, I was hesitant. But I had been backpacking as a kid and loved it, and I discovered that Enchanted Rock had “primitive” campsites that were only a 1-2 mile hike from the parking lot :). I thought it was the perfect introduction to backpacking, and so the adventure began.
After setting up camp, we noticed a storm rolling in. It ended being beautiful to watch with very little actual “storming” on us :)…
The next day began with a beautiful sunrise…
And then we were off to go hike the dome! There were a few mishaps along the way…forgotten items that had to be retrieved, wrong turns, etc. But we made it! Try not to judge the Coke bottles in my children’s hands at the top of the summit…they ended up hiking around 12 miles this day, and I decided they deserved something special for being such troopers through it all :).
I mentioned this was a “primitive” camping trip, right? Well, I also mentioned that we had some mishaps and a lot of hiking, right? I should also mention that there was a food truck at the bottom of the dome, and again, the kids had been such troopers…so much for primitive, but baby steps will work for us!
All in all it was a truly a wonderful trip, but it did have many ups and downs and lots of learning experiences for all of us :). And time with my family is priceless no matter how “perfectly”, or not, it goes :)!