My favorite outings on Green have probably been the slowest ones. Why? Because I am accompanied by my family! I get to take time. Its about being out there, not getting it done.
I am not one for holiday or traditions on holidays. I sort of feel anti-holiday most of the time. Maybe anti-normal. So when Easter day plans came up, I quickly schemed a way to achieve all my desires in one shot. A family hike up Green was in order. No ladybugs right now so I thought the kids might fight but they didn't. I made them talk Kim into going. I knew this wasn't her activity of choice given her knee but she went for it. I continued my tradition of making my family hike at least 1,500 vertical on a casual Sunday hike. This pretty much keeps them from wanting to go for months afterward. I will never learn.
We started from Inspiration Point just after noon. The ascent was pretty smooth until the snow! I was glad there was some still out there to give them some thrill. However, Reagan saw this as quite the obstacle for some reason. All the hikers out there were grabbing trees and making it across. They really missed out then when the whole trail was covered!
They were excited to get to the 4-way because that somehow signaled the beginning of the end of the climb. Plus, I had promised some amount of rock jumping/climbing and the stairs were what I was eluding to. But Kayla was done being in her backpack by this point. 0.2 miles of straight up climbing. Can this 2 year old make it? At least she has buddies to lead the way.
They sat down for a minute and butts were dirty. Then there was some kind of butt clean-off party. This is a SERIOUS adventure, guys. Geez.
That's how you work. Everyone would ask, "how old is she?" Two! Suck it.
Reunited at the top with Mom, who had the snacks.
Oh wait...going for the full summit. No wussie runner's summit!
We stayed up top for a bit. Busy place. Girls signed the log book, of course.
Thanks for getting out with me today, ladies! We had some challenges but we made it just fine. I hope you will go again in 6 months. Or maybe sooner.
We went 4.36 miles with an elevation gain of 1,554 feet in 03:26:49, which is an average pace of 47:23. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.