Day 85: Family Day

You hate hiking with a passion. But when we were dating, you gave hiking a shot for me. I took you to a waterfall, which was at the end of 3 miles of uphill walking. Although you hated the walk, you loved the waterfall and the flowers I picked for you along the way. After that experience, you told me you would never go hiking again. We’ve hiked many times since!

Yesterday, I decided to work through the evening so I could take our family out on a hike during the day. How is this an act of love, since you hate hiking? Well, I picked an easy trail (or so I thought) with a cool destination: the ruins of an abandoned castle. Everyone, including you, was excited about doing this and happy that I took the morning/afternoon off of work. In fact, maybe I should clarify: you don’t hate hiking altogether, just the tough hikes; you even like hiking when it’s easy.

I unknowingly took us to the wrong trailhead, so we ended up hiking two hours up switchbacks with 3 kids under 5 and without finding the castle. I carried one or both of our older kids most of the time and you carried our youngest the entire time. We kept thinking that the castle would be over the next hill, but we were always disappointed.

Finally, we stopped for a snack at the top of one of the hills and enjoyed a tremendous view. Some bikers stopped to talk with us, so I asked them about the castle. One of them said we had 1.5 miles to go as he pointed to the top of a ridge in the distance. I asked him if there was an easier way. He said, “Yeah, you can drive to it” (!). Then he clarified by saying that you can park within a 10-minute walk of the castle. That must’ve been the place I thought we were going.

So, we hiked to our car, then drove to the other trailhead. We walked literally five minutes on a dirt road to get to the castle. The castle was awesome! Our girls had a great time climbing on walls, walking in fireplaces, and talking about what kind of princess used to live there.

To reward everyone for being so great even though our hike turned out to be tough, I took us all to Chili’s (which served a double purpose because we made it our oldest’s birthday dinner).

I wish I could take you out on a hike alone (and I will someday), but such is our station in life. We don’t mind so much, though, because we love spending time with our kids.

PS: I just talked to you about our hike. You said you had a blast.

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3 Responses to Day 85: Family Day

  1. Scott says:

    Strange, isn’t it? The journey often makes the destination worthwhile. These goals you have set for yourself, this 365 day goal, loving your wife, building your marriage, establishing this family, building this home, are noble and righteous, worthy of a mighty man of valor. But the journey, these daily steps you take, not only carry you to them, they become them.
    When you are old and gray, sitting in your rocking chair on the front porch of your castle, looking back over your life, what mile markers will you treasure? Will it be the sheepskins on the wall? The pigskins in the trophy case? The stars and bars collected on your collar? The cars/boats/skies/4-wheelers in the garage? The castle you have built? I think not. I believe they will be the markers of what you do as the husband of this marriage, as the father of this family.
    Blessings upon you and yours.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. [...] some espressos. When we started hiking, you expressed your concern that our hike might turn into the fiasco of a few months ago, but someone assured me that the trail was wide and relatively [...]

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