Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day and some Hiking!

What a day! I had considered doing a 10k Mom's on the Run this morning sponsored by Pinocchio's, but Wednesday I decided that my knees still need to heal and so accepted an invitation to go to breakfast early with my parents early at the new Squeeze In in NW Reno instead. I had the "Happy Hoppin Heidi Ho," an omelet with fried bananas and honey and cinnamon. Yipee skippy! as the menu says. :) Very tasty! And they gave all the mothers a HUGE chocolate dipped strawberry, striped with white chocolate and in its very own little cylindrical box. An especially nice touch on their part.

I would have been just fine running a 10k this morning (knees are doing much better, thanks for your concern!)- so my boys and I went for a hike up at Galena Creek Park instead. We headed up towards the Jones Creek-White's Creek Trail Loop- it's just over 9 miles all the way around.

It was nicely hilly so the boys complained consistently for the first 5 minutes or so. But after that, we managed to turn the hike into a geography lesson for the boys, and they were happy not thinking about their tired legs, but the wilderness around them. We talked about the difference between evergreens and deciduous trees, and pulled some pine nuts out of pine cone so they would know where their seeds come from. We talked about Manzanita bushes with their tiny pink flowers that are just appearing, and how creek beds are made (while fording a few, both dry and flowing).

Plus with the aid of a walking stick and some nice fresh Nevada forest air, they were pretty happy! Here is another picture of all 4 boys just heading out...

We hiked about a mile up (we turned around about a quarter mile after this sign here- which means that you can camp anywhere you want past that, with a permit! Pretty cool, eh? Might just do that this summer- backpacking!), and a mile back down.

The boys were pretty tired on the way back down, but they were troopers, and now are having a nice LONG nap as I type this... Then we are having special marinated BBQ steaks and veggies for dinner at my request this evening. Like I said, a Great Day for me!

(Aren't camera timers great?)


Turi said...

Nice day for a hike, too, before the wind kicked up. Happy Mothers Day!

SnowLeopard said...

Hey thanks! It was a beautiful day for a hike, and no breeze until we got above the tree line a bit~ :)

Corinne said...

Sounds like a lovely day! Alas, I had to work, but the fam made dinner for me!