As many of you may already know, last Thursday was Hans' and my anniversary. We didn't really have much planned (just dinner and a movie), but we were excited to spend some time together. On Wednesday, though. Hans discovered that I was taking the entire day off (I'd wanted to clean up and make him a special dinner), and he decided to take the day off too. So, what were we to do? A trip to the mountains was in order!!
The morning wasn't anything special. I still had some stuff around the house to do, so we didn't leave town until about 1:00 pm. Off we went! We stopped once at this AMAZING coffee shop that's almost halfway between here and our destination. It's become a bit of a tradition to stop there, and I always forget how much I love it. Now I'm trying to plan trips just to that coffee shop.
Anyway, so we got to the mountains around 3:30 or 4:00. Hans and I love this one hiking trail. It's a fairly easy hike and it's usually not too crowded. It's perfect for an anniversary.
I can't even begin to tell you how much fun we had. Of course, we took Cody, and watching him have fun was an added bonus. Honestly, I think the mountain trip was just what I needed. I had almost forgotten how much I love the noise in the mountains. A lot of people comment on how quiet the country is, but really it's anything but. The sounds are just different. I didn't hear cars or sirens or air conditioning units or people. Instead, I heard birds and crickets and squirrels and rushing water from the river. I relished the sounds. I drank everything in, and I loved it. Before the day was up, I felt relaxed and peaceful...untroubled. I was tired from the hike, but I was so very happy.
The ride home was lit by a beautiful full moon, which added to the joy of the day. I have to say, it was the perfect anniversary.
|I always love it when Cody swims. Cody loves fetching anything from water.|
|Just starting the hike. Cody is still on leash.|
|Looking out over a waterfall.|
|Hans and Cody in the same place.|
|View from waterfall.|
|Look at those smiles!!|
|This is at the base of the waterfall. We were all the way at the top.|
|One very sleepy boy.|
|The perfect ending to the perfect day.|