1. You have no excuse. It hardly ever makes sense to leave the Bay Area on a holiday weekend, what with traffic and such. It makes even less sense to do it during the first few weeks of school when everyone is still transitioning to new schools and routines and when work decides to ramp up. Couple that with, say a 4 month old baby who doesn't sleep well at altitude, or a 6YO who just fell off the monkey bars and fractured her elbow, or a weekend of single parenting while your husband moonlights in the ER and there are a million reasons why none of us should have made the trek to the mountains. But we did - and even if it took us seven hours because we say, lost our keys for 1.5 hours in the gas station parking lot, or had to stop to soothe a crying baby every 30 minutes, or had to sit in bumper to bumper traffic checking out the eccentra heading to Burning Man - WE MADE IT and most of the headache was forgotten once we rushed head first into the clear water of the lake and breathed in this view...because, honestly, there is just something about being in the mountains.
|Worth it every time|
|6 Mamas + 9 Miles = 90 minutes of FREEDOM|
|Ain't no Mountain High Enough|
|Moving Mountains (Because No One Ever Told Me I Couldn't)|
|Paddle with me to the ends of the Earth|
|And then still fall asleep on my chest|
5. Free range kiddos do better in school (and life). I read a great article recently about the benefits of getting your kids outside in nature, early, often and always. The benefits include improved health, self confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills, reduced stress, and increased creativity and concentration. Watching a pack of kids invent a complex game that involved everyone (ages 3 - 8) in an elusive hierarchy, spanned two sets of boulders and a good chunk of forest, included rocks, sticks, colored chalk and lots of happy shrieking and running and you have your own set of empirical data on how freakin awesome it is to get outdoors with your kids. The best part is they are almost entirely self-entertained and amazingly less accident prone and more resilient than you normally give them credit for, which means you can actually have a nice conversation with a friend while casually getting a visual on them now and again while they rid the world of ...
|and Swamp Creatures|
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