Today my sister-in-law and I decided to take the kids on a hike. Our favorite spot (a short jog to running water) has been "Closed Until Further Notice". So we booked it to another spot around the corner that promised running water as well.
Water was the main attraction for today since it is a crisp 99 degrees here in Fallbrook.
This was also my two year old's first hike. Ever. All he could talk about was sticks and water. I should also mention we had his cousin who is 1.5 years old and my youngest who is just 5 months. I wore the baby in an Ergo Baby pack. All children were slathered in sunscreen and well hydrated for the adventure.
We walked a curvy, sandy, and (thankfully) shaded path under oak trees and vines. It was beautiful. Two sets of horses rode by us. No water in sight. The two toddlers with us were losing their cool. No water to play in as promised (yet), nothing but boundaries, and us saying 'stay on the trail' and 'let's keeps moving'. I don't blame them - it's a hike. For their tiny legs, a half mile probably felt like an eternity.
With the early sun moving into a hotter position we decided it was time to give up and turn back. We also saw this: