While we were there, Katie took us on a beautiful hike one afternoon up Temescal Canyon. It was surreal to be in the hustle and bustle of a city one minute, and then to be hiking into the woods the next. You knew the city was right there not far away, but you couldn't hear a lingering sound of it. Once we got high enough up the trail, we could look down the valley and see the Pacific Ocean. It was beautiful. I wanted to share a few photos from our hike.
The kids had fun and did pretty good. They would have done better if we hadn't gone at nap time. : )
Felicity is named after Katie (they have the same middle name). Katie and I promised each other when we were small girls that we would be each other's maid of honor and name our girls after each other. Here's Felicity, Katie, and I on our hike.
We discovered a vine growing over a leaning tree, making a cave. I want to grow one in our backyard.
The kids had fun sliding down a hill of dirt.
Kian complained all the way up the trail, crying to get "dow!" (down). I didn't want to let him out of the Ergo though since it was up hill most of the way. But on the way back, I let him down and he was thrilled to hike back down the trail. In need of a nap Felicity thought that opened up a spot for her in the Ergo. : ) I thought I'd give it a try and she and I had fun goofing off with her on my back in the Ergo. She only weighs 7 pounds more than her baby brother.
And this little one DID walk a lot of the way down that trail. I think he was offended to have been carried up the trail in the Ergo like a baby. : )
The hike made me think that once, long ago, the whole Greater Los Angeles area grew beautifully wild.