Last week was spring break at the university, so we planned an epic trip--probably not that epic by most standards, but since this was the first vacation with a baby, it seemed pretty epic to us! We spent the first part of the week in our hometown--we go home at least about once a month, and divide our time between Jordan's parents and mine. We got to see all of our grandmothers as well as assorted aunts, uncles, and cousins.
On Thursday, we headed to Hanging Rock State Park. Jordan and I had visited a couple of times previously, but this time we were going to stay overnight. The park has several cabins. In the summer, they are rented by the week only, but during the off-season, you can rent by the night, with a two-night stay minimum. We had never seen the cabins so we weren't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. They are cute, spartan little affairs, all golden pine boards and high ceilings. No TV. No cell-phone reception. Heaven. We had expected some bad weather in the form of rain and a bit of freezing rain on Thursday night--we checked the weather report just before we left. However, just after we carried all our stuff into the cabin, flakes began to fall. And fall, and fall. It was still snowing when we woke up the next morning and continued for most of the day. Absolutely beautiful. We watched DVDs on the laptop, played Rook (where Jordan beat me soundly) and Scrabble (where I returned the favor), and read. Jordan read Mockingjay out loud while I fed Nathan, and then I snuck in some time with my current book, Edward Rutherford's Sarum, which, judging from its size, I will still be reading when Nathan starts kindergarten (it's too big for me to read while nursing!).
In the afternoon on Friday, the snow stopped, and the skies began to clear. We bundled Nathan up as soon as he woke from his nap, and went to hike to Tory's Den--apparently the site of a skirmish during the Revolutionary War. Since we hadn't been expecting snow during the trip, we had only brought sneakers--not boots. I solved the problem by wrapping my feet in grocery bags and tying them around my ankles before putting on my shoes--not cute, but effective: no wet feet! We finished our hike and then drove out to see Moore's Wall and then the park lake as the light was dimming and the shadows lengthening.
The next morning, we got in another hike at the Lower Cascades, before heading north. My niece was celebrating her first birthday, and we went to her party where everything was pink, polka-dotted, and sweet. Nathan did wonderfully considering we traveled a few hundred miles total, slept in three different locations, and saw dozens of people in the course of a week. He has the makings of a champion hiker, and he already has one state park and two waterfalls under his belt. We are looking forward to new adventures!