Table Rock State Park. Our family has been there a number of times, usually to hike, picnic, and play on the playground. Since we've always done the hike when one of our kids was toddler-age, we've always stuck with the shorter, 1.8-mile loop, as opposed to going all the way to the top. I like this trail because you begin by going up, which means it's mostly downhill on the way back.
After doing this hike this past spring, we talked about stretching it a little further the next time. There is a picnic shelter almost 2 miles up the trail. We thought it would be a great adventure to hike up there, eat lunch and then head back down. Surely, a 4-mile hike would be a great accomplishment, right?
A couple of weeks ago, with the nice October weather, we decided to pack up and do this. As we drove to the park, I remember seeing the view in the picture above, and telling Joanna, "It's hard to believe that you could hike up that far in one day." It seems so far away, and so high up, but we talked about how neat it would be to do that when our kids got a little older.
After spending some time on the rock -- ready to pounce and grab one of our kids should they get a little careless, and watching hawks fly and dive below us (what a weird feeling to be above those birds) -- we embarked on the trip back down.
Elijah summed it up best when he told us that it was great that "our family had a big accomplishment today." Yes, we did.
Has your family had a big adventure or accomplishment in 2010?
-- Joey Espinosa