Hey there! So do you remember when I shared our niece’s Ocean Beach photos with you over the summer? (check them out here) Well, I promised to take said niece on a hiking trip to get some more photos, and when a certain nephew overheard this conversation, he asked to join in on the fun. It took every bit of four months to make it happen, but my sis and I took the kids out yesterday to fulfill my promise.
We packed a picnic lunch, got their adorable puppy, Lexi, ready, stuffed all the babes in the car and headed to the White Tank Mountains in Waddell. It was a lot of work, and we should have really got everyone out there before 11, but it was fun nevertheless! The kids were already asking when we could take our next trip on the way back to the car. If that isn’t a sign of a successful outing with kids, I don’t know what is. Here are the photos those two seven-year-olds captured on our trek, only edited for exposure and color because I gave them a pretty crappy camera to use.
You know what’s cool? Sharing the things you love with little people. Especially when the things you love keep them active and creative and teach them to look at the world differently. It’s so fulfilling. After the hike, I took a whole other niece to the park (I swear these kids are multiplying by osmosis or something), and after playing and running and screaming and being a kid, she showed me the bugs on a tree trunk that she found, her eyes wide and voice filled with awe. My heart swelled. Being in nature, recognizing and being amazed by it is something near and dear to me. I hope to instill that in these little ones. They’ll need it for the technological world they’re growing up in, don’t you think?