This year we truly wanted to get away, from housework, anxieties, responsibilities...good and bad things that draw our attention away from spending time together. We already spend a LOT of time together, walking, reading, and playing games. But the day trips really build memories, and give us sufficient time to talk to each of the kids at length.
Must note-- while we were packing up for our day trip, my folks were participating in the annual Run for a Child 10K. Way to go, guys!! My parents are such an inspiration!
We set off this morning, not quite as bright and early as we had hoped, for the Boston Mountains of the Ozark... heading straight for Artist Point. Had to make a quick stop at my sister's house first, to borrow shoes for The Artist Child. Apparently her feet have had a major growth spurt and now she has NO shoes that will fit her well. Yeah, she jumped to a women's size 8 overnight!!
Annnyway, we got a late start, and it took us about an hour to get to our destination, with GPS help.
Artist Point Gift Shop/ Museum/ Look Out, near the trail head.
I love hummingbirds!This huge cockatoo totally ran the joint, and squawked at us every time we moved.
Ready to start the journey
The trail winded down, down, down... in places very overgrown, hard to stay on course. There were two downed trees in our path, and the footing became very steep in several spots. It was certainly the most challenging hike that we've brought the kids along for.
butterfly and moth catching
Now, this was something new for me--flying bugs (I'll have to look it up and get back to you) with conjoined tails!
They flew off, together of course, and landed on this branch. So odd!!
Over the hills and through the woods...
Last leg of the journey upwards... only 302 steps to go. I know.
driving -through- the Ozarks
This was a Labor Day we aren't likely to forget anytime soon!
What did you do?