Family weekend

We desperately wanted to get away backpacking for a few days.

However, sometimes life just doesn’t roll the way you want it to and you have to make space for other things. Ginger’s parents have been asking us to visit for several weeks. Lanie got excused from choir duties. Ginger got excused from choir mom duties, and off we went down to stay with Ginger’s parents for a couple of days.

We had a great weekend. We fitted in a couple of short hikes around Ginger’s parent’s farm, and we had a huge fire with toasted hot dogs, s’mores, and marshmallows.

Our first hike on Saturday involved climbing a small bluff and some fairly easy hiking on farm trails. It ended up at a near-by farm with baby pigs, young goats, chickens and turkeys. Lanie was in her ‘Awwww cuuuute’ element.

Weekend at Thornfield

Wild Grapes, Bittersweet, and Trumpet Creeper high on a tree

Last of the color

Last of the color

Weekend at Thornfield

It was a lot steeper than it looks

Lanie - up a tree

Lanie - up a tree

Ginger and her dad

A very quickly grabbed candid shot. I was waiting for Lanie to finish petting some ponies when I saw this picture of Ginger and her dad.

On Sunday Lanie wanted to try and find Ginger’s childhood hideaway cave up on the bluff overlooking a creek. Ginger and her parents were engaged in grown up stuff so Lanie and I went off exploring. I’ve never been to the cave, and Lanie’s only been there once – so we had a proper adventure. First we found her uncle’s shack in the woods, and then after a bit of searching we found the cave. Cool. The trip back involved crossing the creek and a piggy-back ride – a sure sign we weren’t in serious hiking mode!

Last night's frost took its toll on the flowers

Last night's frost took its toll on the flowers

Lanie in Ginger's 'secret cave'

Lanie in Ginger's 'secret cave'

Gary in Ginger's secret cave

Gary in Ginger's secret cave

Gary hidden in Ginger's secret cave

Gary hidden in Ginger's secret cave

Next weekend (November 3 and 4) I’ve got a couple of commitments at church so we won’t be able to get away then either – which is dire as all the kids will be gone and the forecast is fantastic. We can only hope we will enjoy that weekend without getting out and about much as much as we did this one.

Grass

Grass

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