Man, the next few days are going to be interesting.
We’ve been taking the baby with us on little hiking trips from time to time, and so far she’s done pretty well. We’ve kept them short so far, for her sake and for mine. (I’m not in the best shape since the surgery, on top of an already bad back.) However, we were invited on a hike with some friends of ours yesterday (Sunday afternoon). We took a look at the initial information on the trail, and it seemed it was going to be a 5 mile round trip hike. Longer than the ones we’ve done, but figured it wasn’t so bad!
Woo. Well, we took the Wildcat Trail not far from the house up Green Mountain. Which is the second tallest peak in Kitsap County. (Not saying much, but hey. It’s a bit over 1600 feet.) Turns out that the Wildcat trail past a certain point has a LOT of ground-dwelling bees. So, we decided not to finish Wildcat Trail. (We women thought we were taking the road back down. Not the case.)
So off we go, on the Ranger’s road through the area. We do eventually make it to the Vista, and while the road was easier, boy were we pretty beat already. It’s not easy with kids and babies in tow. And all the uphill we had to do? Not fun. It wasn’t steep or anything, but it’s still very hard when you’re not in the best of shape and not use to hiking uphill.
It took us about 4 hours to make it to the Vista, but it was worth it. It was such a beautiful view of such a fantastic expanse of the area, Kitsap and King counties, and we think perhaps Boeing or SeaTac Airport. We rested for about half an hour, fed the babies and the rest of us snacked and watered up.
It was about 5:30pm at that point and the we were heading into dangerous territory, at least in the possibility of not getting out before dark. So we took the road back down, and hopped back onto Wildcat Trail, we’re pretty sure we took the same route back that we took up. Definitely was a heck of a lot faster, considering it really was mostly sloping down. Which was nice. It took us about two hours to get back down. The wee ones were great little troopers! And the babies did pretty good as well! Only one minor baby meltdown in the last hour.
Feeling pretty ambitious, we went out to dinner after, at one of our favorite restaurants in Poulsbo, Himalayan Chutney. They’d not eaten there before and we’re so glad they liked it! And even better, the adjoining bar does Wed-Sunday kareoke! She’s a total kareoke fiend! Definitely planning on some kareoke nights coming up once I can move and I’m not feeling detached from my head. Sinus infections are no good. Woke up after only a few hours of sleep last night to not being able to breathe, and eventually had to take a benedryl to get any semblance of sleep.