It was the first time the kids had been over the Golden Gate bridge. They were suitably impressed.
|What a view! That's San Francisco behind and below us.|
|Hanging out, waiting for the hike to start|
|On the way up the trail!|
|2571 feet up!|
|Perched with Dad on the side of the Fire Lookout|
When we got to the rental house, it was nice to take a little break and enjoy the surroundings.
|View from the upper deck -- pool on the deck below, and trampoline at the bottom!|
I did NOT like the trampoline... no net, exposed springs, shudder... Lots of mom worries there. But I insisted on just one kid at a time, and everything was fine. The house was very pretty, very large, and full of interesting stuff. Perhaps the oddest thing there was this taxidermied goat, which puzzled the kids somewhat. (Was it real? Was it alive? The students on the trip kept trying to convince BB that it was just reeeeally good at sitting still. Pretty funny.)
Sweet moment of the trip award: BB decided she would "study" the plants growing all around the house. She explored all the decks, making sketches of the leaves in her notebook, tracing the leaves, and recording her "observations." Too stinkin' cute.
None of us got as much sleep as we should, and we were exhausted by the time we got back home, but all told it was a really nice weekend and well worth the effort involved. Felt like a validation that we were doing good things as parents to see our kids do so well in a new situation like this. And the kids are already asking about next year!