Day 4:: Wake up EARLY::Cinnamon Roll Breakfast::Hike to Avalon::Boat Back:: NAP:: Dinner::Dancing+IceCream Sundaes!
Last time we came to CBS, Daniel was 3…and I did not want to attempt a 5 mile hike with him! This time, I knew we could do it. But, clearly I had no idea what I had signed us up for. Our camp was in a cove of the island, about 2 miles up the coast from Avalon. The only way to hike to Avalon is to get over the ridge between them. The “easy” way is a five mile hike where the elevation is “more gradual”. Yes the words in quotes mean, in someone’s opinion, this is how this hike is described. But, this hike was difficult for ME. For the kids it was just plain HARD. Some of the inclines and steps were steep enough that Daniel scrambled/climbed up them. Both my kids made it though and I was SUPER proud of them! There was definitely whining, but they made it! It felt so good to see the familiar sites of Avalon as we came over the ridge and down into the town!
Here we are about 1/2 way up the incline part of the trip. Everyone looks pretty happy here:-)
When we finally got to the road there was a sense of relief. I think we thought we were almost there at this point…We still had a ways to go but the terrain was much easier. Still uphill, but all smooth and dirt road:-)
Daniel need a few little respites along the way. Tom carried Daniel in short couple minute stints. It seemed to recharge him!
Ahh the end is near! What a welcome site!
Here we are! Shockingly, we don’t look as tired as we felt! It’s all downhill from here!
We had missed the sign-ups for the 1pm boat back to camp, so we were expecting a full afternoon here. But, the boys were wiped out! So after lunch we headed to the pier to see if we could catch the boat, we didn’t make the first one, but I guess there were several people who wanted to go back at 1 that didn’t get to sign up for it, SO they sent an extra boat! We were SO thankful. The boys were the kind of tired that makes THEM say they want a nap, which NEVER happens in our house!Back at camp…I think we all took naps, then I played some tetherball with Daniel, while Tom and Holden threw rocks and I am sure there were a few games of ping pong before dinner!
The day ended with build your own Ice Cream Sundaes, it was a GREAT day! I am SO proud of my family, and thankful that our two small group studies were on thankfulness, and being encouraging! BOTH helpful on this trip!
Romans 15: 5-6 (NIV)
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”