Weekend Fun: Family Hiking Trip

Weekends during the summer we try to spend lots of time exploring outside.  We try to focus on forging family bonds and connecting with friends.

This weekend was no different.

We spent all day on Saturday enjoying the lake with some family friends.  The boys went tubing, boating, jet skiing, swimming and had a ball playing with 4 other kids of assorted ages from 8- 2ish.  We enjoyed good food, went on a walk/ bike/ scooter ride, and made a nice fire to toast s'mores.  It was a very nice relaxing day and the boys went to bed late, happy and exhausted. 
Ian and his dad heading out fishing down the river in their kayaks Sunday morning.  They had a fishing contest going and Ian was so proud of himself that he won; by one fish!  That meant that his dad had to make him lunch and Ian got bragging rights for the day.
Once home we all had lunch and then we loaded up the backpack and set out for a family hike.

We saw caterpillars, toads, frogs, butterflies, and birds.  The boy collected a stick, a huge leaf, some feathers, and a special rock.  We ended our day with an ice cream treat and another few spins around the lake in the boat.  The older two boys tubed for quite some time and had a ball!  It was a great weekend with just a bit of learning thrown in.

We found so many tiny toads!

Their grapes are already turning purple

We noticed this bamboo look alike plant had hollow tubed stems just like bamboo

taking a break in an old dried up river bed


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