Today I woke up to my daughter standing at the foot of the bed, holding one of my old T-shirts that she fondly calls “Daddy’s Shirt”. She had just woken up herself and was ready to come snuggle beside me, waiting for her brother to wake up.
This is our morning ritual. It’s usually followed by her asking if she can watch Youtube videos on my phone, which at 6:30 a.m….is fine with me. She watches this one show called “Ryan’s Toy Review”. Some little kid gets followed around by his parents all day while he plays with toys. Don’t ask me…but kids love it.
It pains me to say this, but I think she may have a crush on Ryan…
Shortly after, my son usually wakes up. He just started crawling so once he’s out of the crib, he’s all over the place.
I barely have enough time to pee or make coffee (yep…coffee pot in the bedroom) before he is trying to crawl towards the stairs or puts something dangerous in his mouth. On most days I have help from my wife, Courtney, but today she was working. So it was my responsibility to be…responsible.
Once the coffee was brewed and drank and baths and showers were completed, we went on something my daughter likes to call an “ADVENTURE“. She never really knows where we’re going, but anything new to her is still an ADVENTURE.
We made our way to a small town in the mountains of North Georgia called Blue Ridge. Surprisingly, the town has a great downtown area that is filled with clothing stores, local sellers, bars and pubs, a comic book store and candy store that kid’s and adults will love, and several stores selling outdoor gear for the many mountains and trails in the area. The vibe in the town is “old country” mixed with “modern” outdoorsy (is that a word?). You will see the mixture of cut-off T-shirts and Rebel Flags, but also people wearing Northface, Columbia, or Patagonia.
In the center of downtown there is a huge train that takes people on a lengthy scenic tour. We didn’t do it today (because two kids….yeah) but it definitely looks like something that would be a great experience.
We made our way from store to store, speaking to several people along the way, and taking in the time we had together. All the while, my daughter was wielding a “Wonder Woman” sword that she purchased with her “Easter Money” she found while hunting eggs. She looked like a little warrior princess and caught the eye of many people passing by that greeted us with smiles.
My little boy, always content with any situation, sat quietly the whole trip with his pacifier in his mouth, watching as his sister swung her sword and killed imaginary dragons. I look forward to the day when he has the same energy and imagination as her and wonder what villains they will slay together.
Once we finished “lallygagging” around the town, we made our way to Amicalola State Park where you can see the famous Amicalola Falls. I parked at the bottom of the falls and snapped a few pictures, contemplating whether or not I should try to hike the trail with my two adventurers. I opted for driving to the top of the falls. I strapped my son into a Deuter Kid Comfort backpack, got my daughter out and ready, and we hiked about 100 feet to the bridge that crosses the falls.
The view was breathtaking and the kids really enjoyed the trip. My daughter loved throwing small leaves over the bridge and watching them float down while my son continued to sit quietly by and watch her in all her madness. We trekked the surrounding area (which consisted of an amphitheater and a bathroom) and acted like we were on a wild ADVENTURE hunting for a bear.
Every once and a while I would make a noise and we would look at each other and ask if it was a bear coming to eat us. Even though we didn’t get to hike the trail and experience the full “Amicalola Falls” experience, we made our own ADVENTURE today with our imagination and a few cups of coffee.
The moral of this story is:
- Get outside. Don’t sit around the house when it’s beautiful outside. Those dishes can wait.
- Spend time with your children. Everyone says “before you know it…”. Well they are right. I look back at the last three years and wonder were my baby girl went. Spend as much time with them as possible. It flies by.
- Have ADVENTURES. You don’t have to hike Mt. Everest or find a monk at the top of some Himalayan mountain. You only need an imagination. Anything can be fun if you want it to be.
Thanks for visiting. Go outside and have an ADVENTURE! Like, Share, and Comment (I need all the feedback I can get). ENJOY!