Jun 30, 2014
I know what you're thinking...my goodness this family hikes a lot! I know! I know! I swear it is all that we do. Don't get me wrong, we enjoy it. We really like getting out there and seeing all the beautiful places in Alaska. But the main reason we hike all the time is because we have rowdy children. We are a loud family (blame the Italian genes). Like our everyday normal talking voices sound like blow horns. So taking us out in public...forgetaboutit.
But hiking we can be as loud as we want. Hell we even encourage it to keep the bears away. It happens to keep the other hikers away as well...but that is by default. The boys are constantly yelling about the things that they see, "look a rock! a huge rock!". Chris is usually yelling "come on guys lets keep moving". I am constantly screaming "NO don't put that in your mouth!". Avalon is always yelling "mamamamamama".
We are that family, with that child that has to jump in every single puddle he comes across. We all stop to watch and see just how high he will get, and just how big of a splash he will make. Chris will yell "good one, I give it a ten". I will be thinking "did I bring him an extra change of clothes? Did I bring myself an extra change of clothes? Pretty sure mud just went in my mouth"
We will hike around, most often off the designated path to find cool things. Like this random wooden tee pee that was probably ridiculously unsafe, but incredibly cool. If we had stayed on the trail we would have missed it completely. The boys pretended it was a ship and screamed at each other about who was the "catain" and who was the "pirate". Avalon had a snack, she can't be bothered with make believe.
I will bribe every soul with ice cream so that I can get a family picture. I don't care if you are looking the other way, or how many times I set the camera up and forget to press the shutter button, only to run back and forth. We will make this memory. All five of us. Now say....chocolate ice cream!
And when it is all said and done, and we are tired, our feet are dragging, and we are all covered in mud. I will follow through with my
threats promise and we will stop at Rochelle's ice cream shop to fill our bellies for the ride home.
This is the good stuff people. The days where there are no rules. No need to be quiet. Let loose, because tomorrow will probably be a Monday and you will have to return to your routine.
*for my fellow alaska locals, this was at Eklutna Lake. Stop at Rochelle's ice cream, get the denali mud slide. Tell them Kelsey sent you. They have no idea who I am!