Upon our arrival the dog chose to share her mid day apple with Gregory’s lap – luckily he handled it well and we had a pair of pajama bottoms in the trunk he could swap out for his jeans which were no longer wearable. He commented his pjs were more comfortable!
We hiked in about an hour and a half, stopping a few times to appreciate the scenery including a view of the Toronto skyline from over 60 km (or almost 40 miles) away. We paused for a picnic under the tree canopy to which Gregory commented it was “great family time”.
We had stayed to our right the whole way in – picking up different trails in order to get to the edge of the escarpment. On the way back, I chose not to stay left at one point as I had observed on the way in an alternate path which was less steep. Greg asked why we were not going the way we had come in. I pointed out the route in front of us would join up with the other at the top of the next rise, but that this path was easier to navigate than the rocky version we had climbed down earlier.
We started up the hill when Gregory noticed all the roots of the trees had created a stepping path which was indeed more easy to navigate. He exclaimed with enthusiasm “Look! Mother Nature’s Stairs”.
To top it off, when driving back home he commented that today was going down in his book as one of his best days. I truly cherish our son’s ability to accept, adjust and move on. The dog barf in his lap was forgotten in the joy of spending the day hiking in the woods with his family.
I dedicate this DoWoo to my two men who consistently provide numerous opportunity for inspiration and aspiration.