Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Reunion: Punchbowl Falls

On July 3rd (our only full day of camping), the majority of us went on a hike to Punchbowl Falls. It was beautiful, although slightly treacherous. Let's just say that I ended up being really glad that Edith refused to go at the last minute (Rophone stayed back to hang with her) and that my kids were far enough ahead of me that I couldn't see them as they traveled over the narrow, rocky portions with the ginormous drop-off. (And I'm really glad I didn't realize they didn't have an adult with them...yikes!)

I was actually with Big for a portion of the scary part of the trail on the way back out, and it definitely scared me. He's just not as sure-footed as I would like. And when he tried to hang on to the cable handrail placed along the mountainside it made him trip over the slope of the mountain where it met the trail. Not meant for short arms. We read later that the hike isn't recommended for kids under 10. Yeah. 

Anyway, we all made it in and out alive and had a blast. I took a bunch of pictures, but I'll just post a few. I was just so happy to hike along a trail that reminded me of the hikes I took with my dad as a kid. 

I was carrying a backpack with water and snacks for all of us (my family, not ALL of us) with a grocery bag containing water shoes tied to the outside. It was a pretty hefty load, all things considered. Ginger was kind enough to carry my mostly empty camera case with her flip flops tucked inside (thanks, Ginger!). Anyway, Big started putting up a stink about how he wanted to carry the backpack. I kept telling him that it was too heavy, but he kept insisting. My mom finally suggested that I let him carry it because it probably wouldn't take him too long to change his mind. 

I thought he would quit right away after the weight of the pack made him stagger to the side as he started out, but Big was determined. He lasted a few minutes and then quietly admitted that it was too heavy and he needed me to carry it. I'm proud of him for wanting to share in the work of the hike and for giving it a go. Thanks for the help, Big.

Since my kids ran so far ahead, they aren't in any of the photos I took on the hike in. Luckily, nephews on leashes are cute. 

Seriously, my kind of trail. Love it.

My brother-in-law stole my camera to take a few pictures. Nice shots, Plumbean.

Then I hiked for a bit with my sister, Martha. We were so busy talking that we missed the turn-off for the trail down to the falls. Oops. 

I think my kids were happy when I caught up with them at the base of the falls with the snacks and water. Maybe next time they'll think twice before leaving me in the dust... :)

I get this look sooo often. I'm immune now.

It was a really beautiful spot. I definitely want to hike in again one of these days (when the younger kids are older) and spend a little longer. I'm for sure going to wear my suit so I can swim at the base of the falls. So pretty.

What a great way to spend a few hours.


patti's place said...

Love it; it was a beautiful place

janeannechovy said...

I'll go back with you!

jww said...

I. LOVE. THIS. PLACE. Only been once, but it IS heaven. I didn't realize the hike was for 10+. We had 2 kids under 10 when we went. Thinking back on it, that would make sense--I'd forgotten about the part where you have to hold on to a cable. I love all the moss. It's green here and everything (half the year, anyway), but I like it DRIPPING green. Love these photos!