Being cooped up during the winter and spring, I got into a bit of a rut with the boys. We weren't eager to venture out into the world with PK's asthma and COVID . We were running to sports where the set up is very controlled, but during the day, our adventures outward were slim to say the least.
On Sunday, we decided to take a hike. As a family, we drove out to a local mountain and found a place to park the car, the day was cool and misty, which offered a sort of comfort- the scorching heat wouldn't slow us down.
The closest trail happened to be labeled "very steep and rocky" which was cause for concern with my oldest being a bit injured from sports. His piriformis has been inflamed which causes pain in the sciatic nerve. BUT, as we started down the path, Phoenix lit up. "Let's keep going!" he said eagerly. We explored natural caves and views as we slowly descended and the rain increased a step.
Each moment, I was surprised to see how alive everyone felt- how excited and awake. It'd been a while and PK, especially, lit right up.
We kept the hike short so the boys felt successful and found ourselves at the sweet little Mountainside Cafe and Bakery. We ordered sandwiches with farm to table and freshly baked bread. We sipped chai lattes as the boys and Patty played catch.
It was a coming together moment- a short breath of fresh air. On our way home, we spoke about the experience and the week ahead. We made plans for more adventures. This was definitely a simple step in the right direction for the health of our family.
Sometimes, a new perspective is only a hike away. Don't forget the power of nature and movement.