Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Scratching a Travel Itch: a Perfect Saturday

Every few months, we get the travel itch. We just want to explore, to see something new. We want that sense of adventure. We simply didn’t have the money for it, but still it was there. So we scratched the itch as lightly as we could.

We started our morning with a hearty breakfast, then Ryan went outside to shovel the driveway and walkway while I got my three babies ready for the day.

We packed up a day bag—diapers, wipes, extra outfits in case these get snowy, coats, hats, gloves, food!—and filled our water bottles, then took off for a pretty mountain drive. Snow-capped mountains and trees made for the most gorgeous view to punctuate good conversation with my best friend in the world.

We climbed into the back of the vehicle and enjoyed a quick and simple picnic lunch with our kids, then took off for a short-but-stunning snow hike. Ryan and I switched off carrying each of the girls and smiled at the independent three-year-old who insisted on walking but occasionally acquiesced enough to ask Daddy to “carry me just a lil’ bit?”                
Crisp air, beautiful views, the feeling of leg muscles working and strengthening. The warmth of a baby girl snuggling in the Ergo carrier on my back. The sight of a smiling little boy smacking saplings with a stick, and the sound of his little sister laughing hysterically at all the snow he knocks down.

We finished our hike and ended our adventure by warming up in a coffee shop we’d never been to. There was hot chocolate for Mama, an Americano for Daddy, and even hot chocolates for the big kids who aren’t used to such sweet treats. We also split a paleo macaroon cookie.

We sat on a couch by the fireplace and let the littlest play with a coffee cup lid while the rest of us warmed up and talked.

“I am a superhero!”
“What’s your super power?”
“I rip things up! And I have black pants!”

We headed home by way of Car Wash, to nix all the freeway salt that coated our vehicle, and were home in time for me to make a big batch of soup while a mini blizzard started to fall down on our home.

After gas, we spent about $20 total… but our memory banks were filled with joy and our travel itch was scratched. It was a truly perfect Saturday.

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