Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Hiking

I love my guys! They gave me the best Mother's Day ever this past Sunday.

It all started with breakfast in bed. These days my favorite breakfast meal is toast with strawberries and bananas, but T added a couple of strips of soy bacon in there as well. It was so yummy. Mr. S made me a beautiful flower card and picked out a store-bought card for me as well. He also gave me a flower he'd planted at school. It's beautiful, but we won't be sure what it is until it blooms...all the kids planted different flowers and Seamus thinks he's planted me a violet (though I can tell already that's not the case). They also gave me a new 300mm lens for my camera! I can't wait to break that puppy in.

We then headed off to Pennsylvania for a Mother's Day hike. Being outdoors and away from the city is where I like to spend all my days off, and would if it were possible. We drove the hour and thirty minutes it takes to get to the Delaware Water Gap and headed for Bushkill Falls. We were just there for my birthday last October, but didn't get to hike all the trails or go gem mining, which is a treat I knew we'd all love (especially Mr. S).

On the way there we crossed over the Delaware River and drove through some breathtaking countryside. I love this part of New Jersey.

This time we spent the entire day hiking all the different trails at Bushkill Falls, including the red trail which follows the river above the main falls and up to another smaller waterfall. We played in the river along the way. Seamus kept "fishing" with a little stick he'd found.

We saw lots of wildflowers, beautiful trees, minnows, but even though we turned over lots of rocks, we didn't see any salamanders this time.

We also enjoyed the shorter trails around the main falls and of course the waterfall was just as spectacular as it was in October.

After about three hours of hiking we headed to the sweet shop to get some homemade fudge and then we were off to "mine" for gemstones. We purchased two big bags of rock and dirt and sifted through it all. Seamus loved looking through all the rocks, and even though we found sapphires, rubies, emeralds and topaz, Seamus was most impressed by the couple of crystal points he found, thinking they were magic and could turn objects to gold.

On the way home we found one of the rare New Jersey Cracker Barrels and had dinner. Dining in a yankee Cracker Barrel is a surreal experince. There were all these treats and foods made in Chattanooga...Goo Goo Clusters and Colt's Bolts...and bluegrass music and Dolly Parton played over the speakers, but all the wait staff had thick Jersey accents and it was so loud in there we couldn't have a conversation at dinner. The biscuits still tasted like home though.

At the end of the evening Mr. T gave Seamus a bath so I could rest. It's lovely being a Mom.

Two days later my calf muscles are still sore from all that uphill hiking.

Hope all you Moms had wonderful Sundays as well. Happy Mother's Day!


Anonymous said...

This looks like a beautiful place,a place you all will have to take me to see.Sounds like you had a great mom's day.I love you all and hope to see you very soon. Tell Seamus I love my little yorkie card!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful! So glad you had a wonderful, countryside filled Mother's Day.

Love you!

Lydia said...

Thanks grandmothers! It was a beautiful and fun hike. A perfect mother's day.

We'd be glad to take either of you there any time.

Tristan Benette said...

Oh wow, nature seems to be going full blast in its beauty right there! Seems like the perfect place to do some light hiking with children! Really, that's a pretty amazing place to celebrate Mother's day.

Lydia said...

Tristan, it was the best Mother's Day.

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