Last night we had little friends over to help ring in the new year (while their parents had a little fun out). Sparkling cider was consumed, pots and pans were banged, and Christmas cracker crowns were worn. We tricked them all with the countdown-and-watch-the-ball-drop on the East Coast. They were none the wiser and we had all 5 settled into sleeping bags by 9:15. Even with our shenanigans, Mady and I were up til 2 when their parents arrived to take them home. Fun time, fun times. (Really, it was!)
And now I get to the point of my story... the 11am start to the Resolution Walk at a local lake came quickly after being up well beyond our usual bedtimes. (We should resolve to be more on time in the new year). No matter, we packed up and got out there two hours later, aiming to kill two birds with one stone. We marked off another 2 1/2 miles of our hiking goal, and took some awesome family photos. Exhibit A above, in which we have awkwardly managed a perfect triangle pose (accidentally), and Frank has grown a unicorn horn from his ear. And there are many more where that came from.
Allow me to present them to you (brace yourselves) :
One of my very-numerous goals this year is to get waaaaayyy better with my camera. I reverted back to auto and flash, both of which produce lousy frustrating photos. I know better. I'm easing in slowly, mostly in AV mode for now, and a new self-imposed rule of NO FLASH! Except I broke the rule when Mady taught me to use it today in AV mode and it actually looked way better. So I guess the NO FLASH (must be all in caps) rule is already out the window. All that to say, here are a few from today that I kinda like:
She always finds treasures when we hike. This frozen ice-pop twig was very cool! She declared herself a Nature Girl while licking it to death as we walked around the lake. It was a nice treat for us, because usually she only declares Nature Girl after pooping in the woods. Lucky us.
More awesome family shots:
There was heated disussion as to why we don't consider this a hike, but only a walk. It's in the hiking books and all, but we have never considered it a real hike. Consensus revealed that the many bathrooms, bus stop, and playground clearly makes it not a hike. And you certainly would never pack a survival kit to walk around Lake Padden. But we marked it off our 100 miles chart anyway. We are crazy rule breakers! Ha! (Incidentally, I did unknowingly pack a survival kit on my last trip to see my family in California. SeaTac is now the proud owner of a handy little jack knife and a box of waterproof matches).
There was snow on the ground and it was 26 degrees. Yikes! We couldn't feel various body parts most of the time. Mady took some photos which might be the cover for my 365-photos project, then I took some of her for her project. Defeats the purpose of taking 365 photos of our own this year, but what can I say, we are rule breakers.
Thank you for enduring that, and...