Hiking on Mt. Herman!

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So Allan found this Mt. Herman online. The drive up there freaked me the heck out. I have no idea why since I’ve never been scared of mountain drives with steep drop offs before! But once up at the trail head I was blown away but how freaking pretty it was. I could’ve lived up there.

I was feeling dead tired that day and mostly had wanted to stay home and sleep but I was glad to be out in the open air.
We started hiking and I was just so tired. Weirdly tired since I was gradually recovering from the flu. I figured it must’ve been from not exercising regularly. Plain old out of shape?
The further we went, though, the better I felt! I enjoyed the trip. The kids did, too. Even though they complained a bunch (and one kid more than others) they loved it and I’m sure will have only good memories of it!  photo 366eresized_zps9f47afae.jpg photo 371eresized_zps5baa0515.jpg photo 375eresized_zps5542b452.jpg photo 376eresized_zps3108c5b8.jpg photo 378eresized_zps7c23b3aa.jpg photo 382eresized_zpsf5adf25f.jpg

Ember always wants to be held during these hikes. With me carrying Everett Allan gets stuck with that burden. I don’t know how he does it seemingly so happily.  photo 383eresized_zps4983e3d8.jpg photo 390eresized_zpsf50b7266.jpg

Everett was not happy being in a carrier, like usual. He was happy when I stopped and goofed off and made silly sounds (probably buzzing as that’s his favorite lately) at him.  photo 397eresized_zpscf455255.jpg photo 403eresized_zps7b0153b0.jpg photo 406eresized_zps8cc1b7cc.jpg photo 412eresized_zpsbe492e11.jpg photo 413e2resized_zpsb46f878e.jpg

We climbed on this cool, giant rock. Boulder. Thing.  photo 426eresized_zps2cd2cd32.jpg photo 428ee2resized_zps98106f06.jpg photo 430eresized_zps56024c4c.jpg

At one point Allan was helping Payson go potty off in the bushes so I snapped some pictures of the other kids.  photo 442eresized_zps1c3d368a.jpg photo 448eeresized_zps89c5670b.jpg

When Allan came back I asked him if he could help me get a picture of Everett on this log. Allan likes to just hike hike hike and not stop and look around so I knew he was feeling antsy to just start powering up the mountain. But I like to take pictures… I could just take like ten hours hiking- stopping every two feet to snap photos. I try to compromise by not stopping as often as I am inclined to but I know the stops we make are still too many for Allan’s liking.  photo 459eresized_zps5c7af8cc.jpg photo 475eresized_zps3bd02898.jpg

But look at the cute pictures of my kids I got. Worth it?  photo 480eresized_zpsb065266d.jpg photo 486e2resized_zpsa94607bb.jpg

On the way back.  photo 036eresized_zps2aea4d8e.jpg

Everett was super fussy on the hike back down. I finally just went ahead and breastfed him as I walked the last bit of trail.  photo 040eresized_zps210eac7b.jpg photo 043eresized_zps73136e3c.jpg

I had Allan stop once on the drive back so I could snap a picture of the scary drive.  photo 512eresized_zps0581d786.jpg

Brooke was watching the views out the window as we drove home.  photo 508eresized_zps4e567a1b.jpg

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