Connecting with Nature

My first thought when I think about “connect” is our family’s connection with nature. We all love to be outdoors. We took the youngest on her first camping trip last summer (the first one she’ll remember anyway) to White River campground on the east side of Mt. Rainier. We decided to embark on a hike up to Sunrise Lodge. The hike is 2.6 miles with a gain in elevation of 2000ft. A pretty serious hike for a 4 year old.

This is at one of our many breaks along the hike. Lisa was telling us that she didn’t like the “long walk ones” (anything uphill), she liked the “short walk ones” (anything downhill or straight).

4 year old's first hike
4 year old’s first hike

This is a big water fall that we had to cross.

Waterfall we had to cross
Waterfall we had to cross

Here is the base of the waterfall that was our crossing point. My husband was very nervous about this one. He was in charge of getting the little one across.

Getting ready to cross the waterfall
Getting ready to cross the waterfall

And we made it back! There was ample complaining from Lisa and she ended up with a blister under the nail of one of her big toes, but she weathered it pretty well. The oldest, Caylee, loved the hike.

The girls back at camp after long hike
The girls back at camp after long hike
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