I have been bitten by the hiking bug. Dave has been bitten by the hiking bug. We decided it was time the boys were bit as well. We found a trail that was relatively short (1.5 miles total) and that had a payoff (waterfall and playing in the creek). The Rock Bridge trail was going to be our maiden voyage as a family and we were ALL excited.
We packed a picnic with the boys favorite drinks and sandwiches, good bread, our favorite deli counter meats and cheeses, chips, and pineapple and headed out the door at 9:09 a.m. Silas was ready and kept repeating “Let’s do this adventure!”
The trail starts and ends at the Rock Bridge picnic area. There are several picnic tables in somewhat private areas and we scoped one out for our lunch picnic. The trail starts going downhill almost immediately. It is mostly paved and steps are carved into stone.
Silas charged ahead wanting to be the leader, but GreyMan was a little unsure of his footing at first and wanted to hold Dave’s hand.
But after a little while, GreyMan felt more confident and he and Silas took turns being the leader.
The first half of the trail, all the way to the waterfall and Rock Bridge is mainly flat and downhill, so we had no complaints and actually had to make sure they slowed down a couple times because they got ahead of us. They stopped and looked at leaves and bugs and spider webs. They laughed and squealed and clapped their hands. We had FUN.
Then we came to the waterfall.
We played for almost an hour before Elijah fell and busted his chin. I was very thankful that I carry a first aid kit and at least three bandanas when I hike. We got dried off quickly and cleaned up as best we could. Silas was concerned about Elijah’s chin, but was afraid we wouldn’t get to eat our picnic.
We made the decision that if Elijah wasn’t bleeding we’d still eat our picnic before heading home and to the E.R.
The trail back to the car was pretty much a steady uphill climb. The boys were troopers, but Elijah was a bit whiny. But I get it. He had just hurt himself, was a little freaked out because mom was a little freaked out, and he had to leave the waterfall. But no one had to be carried and thankfully Elijah was not bleeding.
So we picnicked quickly (boy did those kids put away the food!) then loaded up and headed back home.
Five minutes on the road and they were out.
We dropped Silas and Dave off at home and went to the hospital.
They got him cleaned upend glued shut pretty quickly (with lots of tears and needing to be held down).
So while the day included a trip to the ER, I’m glad we went. The boys had fun and we know they can physically handle that distance of hiking.
We’ll be back, rock bridge. We’ll be back.