Andrew and Dad have been gone for 4 days. It has been a LONG 4 days.
Andrew is normally the only kid interested in my adventures.
Trying to convince the other two that a hike sounds like a good idea ....
WELL .... it almost ruins the hike, all the bickering and complaining.
However, today, I was going for a hike no matter what.
Thank you God, they willingly joined and enjoyed the adventure.
We went to a trail that I used to hike weekly, with Duchess.
Duchess would run off leash, jump in the creek, and chase squirrels.
Today, she can barely go a mile. She is 16!!
It was a joy to walk and remember all the fun times Duchess and I had prior to our kids and her aching hips.
He started the hike as a Ninja.
Then he became a survivalist.
His turban is to keep his head cool.
Then he was the photographer who only wanted goofy shots.
Well earned smiles ... as they are not very frequent.
I used to take them for granted.
Now, a smile, is like Gold.