This past Saturday we decided to hike Lower Table Rock, one of two prominent volcanic cliff-edged mesas in the valley. My three oldest had hiked it before with their Dad and Father Lange, but it was the first time for me and the three youngest. (When I was growing up, I always opted out of this hike due to all the poison oak along the trail...) The morning started out nice, but by the time we arrived at the trailhead it was raining. We had a few umbrellas, so we decided to hike despite the rain.
Snuggles wasn't sure what to think.
That "mountain" is a LONG WAYS away!
Our little aspiring botanists really enjoyed identifying the flowers found along the trail, recognizing quite a few from our own back yard!
Rose stayed nice and warm, snuggled in my ERGObaby Sport Carrier...
At least for the some of the hike.
~ Climbing Table Rock ~
As soon as Snuggles was tired of walking, he hitched a ride with his Daddy...
... who ended up carrying BOTH babies the last stretch of the trail. It had gotten quite steep, compared to the rest of the trail, but I somehow managed to make it to the top on my own! ;)
~ On Top of Table Rock ~
After crossing some of the wet, muddy, and rugged terrain found on top, we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the valley, despite the rain clouds!
Can you see the person just in front of the trees on the right? We opted to skip walking the additional mile across the top of the plateau to the other viewpoint. The babies were sleeping/sleepy and the rest of us were ready for some dry socks and shoes. . .
... except for my Hubby, who is used to this sort of thing...
... and Rascal who was thrilled that he wore his rain boots!
As for the girls and I, all of our shoes, including my "comfortable" black boots, were soaked through, making the hike back that much more challenging! :-)
~ Headed Back ~
It ended up being such a fun day. To celebrate our successful hike, we took the kids out for pizza, at an amazing new pizza parlor, before heading home for baths, showers, and a very good night's sleep!