On our second day of camping for Family Day, we visited a beautiful state park in Ithaca, New York. It had lots of waterfalls to see and hike around, and then offered swimming at the bottom for those hot and tired afternoons! We took our time and arrived around 11, put a water bottle in a backpack and the sandwiches we packed for lunch. Then we went off on the hike, 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles back. I don’t know why we thought that was a good idea with a 4 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old and 10 year old. But we didn’t really think twice. We also didn’t think about how long it would take, how many hills and stairs we’d have to do. It ended up just fine (other than carrying Madeline for half the time) but we could have been smarter. And packed more water. And more food.
Here they are, at the start of the day!
At least 2 of the 4 seem excited!
Couldn’t ask for a prettier day, although I bet it’s super beautiful in the fall!
Some more of the stairs, on the way up!
Someone needed a nap at the halfway point!
Then it was time to head back down.
Scarlett was refusing to eat her ham sandwich, so she had to carry it along with her.
Hubby bravely carrying Madeline down the stairs. I would go up with her but not down, too afraid of footing! Scarlett and her sandwich stuck by my side.
The three amigos, getting along rather well at this point. Probably about 3 hours in…
Hubby explaining something about the rock settling.
As soon as we put our feet in the water, they turned numb. It was SO COLD! We were sweaty and salty from hiking for 4 hours but the kids had fun getting waist-deep in the water. Huck even jumped off the diving board near the falls! I wished I could get a picture but I was with the girls in the water.
We were so proud of the kids. Besides Madeline, there were no complaints of heat, exhaustion, sore feet, etc. On the way up we sang songs (minus Hubby), songs from church and school and nursery rhymes. This helped keep their minds off the walking! In general we were going at a slow pace so we could check out the nature around us. I still can’t believe we did it!
Then it was time for a nice dinner by the lake.
I’m sure Madeline was crying about not being able to jump off the dock or running after a bird!
We all slept well that night and returned home the next day. We had plans to swim/mini golf/jump more but the weather did no cooperate. We didn’t complain, it felt like an action-packed couple of days!