Our lovely, warm summer has given way to a bright fall and all of the best colors are out in the trees. We've been attempting to finish up some home projects now that winter is on the way and we spent the summer in the fashion of the grasshopper, reveling in the moment. The moments of our summer were made up of many trips to the mountains where Jonas exhibited his hiking skills.
For a two and a half year old he really hangs in there. Nick can still carry him for quite a ways, but he does a lot of his own hiking as well, as long as the terrain is safe. He will travel as far as his little legs take him, and then is happy to stare up at the trees and sky from the safety of Dad's pack. When asked if he was ready to turn back on a trip to Mt. Pugh this summer, Jonas simply replied, "Make it to the top Dada!" Jonas already knows that is where the magic of the mountain lies.
I was lucky to have some time to find some other magical areas in the woods this summer. My old friend Katie and I took a few nights to enjoy the splendor of the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Wildflowers graced the meadows and we had clear, starry nights. The highlight for me was to be able to spend some quality time with a friend without interruptions or busy schedules.
We also took a family trip out to the Tetons of Wyoming and enjoyed the change in landscape and many encounters with wildlife.
The area has a real feeling of wildness and majesty.
Although many view the Tetons as a way point on the way to Yellowstone, I felt we had plenty of exploring to do within the park and stayed in a relatively small area of the park even. We snagged one of the loveliest campsites at Jenny Lake and recommend the area highly, especially to those with children.
Hopefully our hiking days aren't over for the year (but certainly shorter) and we can get over to the east side for some late fall exploring, frost-tinged leaves and warm evenings by the fire.
I have always regarded Fall as my favorite season and although it brings with it the shortening of the day, the quality of the air and light still carry a certain appeal. We get to bring out our sweaters (and knitting projects) and get back to school. Jonas is in the next level of preschool at our cooperative of Victory Heights and we are having a very enjoyable year. It is a fantastic group of parents and kids and as much as I relish the Thursdays where I can drop Jonas off and have a few hours to myself, I also love the Tuesday where I can spend time with other kids and watch them learn and grow.