This morning, we got up bright and early and headed out for a hike.
Not as bright and early as we'll be heading out tomorrow morning, for the first day of school, but still, pretty early for a day off.
First, we stopped for bagels because, priorities.
But then we really did hike.
We visited the Essex County Environmental Center in South Mountain. Or maybe it was South Mountain at the Essex County Environmental Center. Who knows. But there was a marked trail and tall grass and downed trees to climb over and lots of rocks to trip on, so it was definitely hiking. We may or may not have been able to see the car the whole time, but that's more because we got an excellent parking spot, and less because we did the easy trail.
We walked, we climbed, we used sticks like real hikers do. Do real hikers take selfies? They must, because we did and we're so real hikers. And the kids had so much fun, so we'll be doing this again. Well, except one kid, but there's always an outlier.
And the best part? We were home twenty minutes later. No packing a million snacks, thousands of drinks, and worrying about a bathroom because we were so close to home. Or to a Barnes and Noble. And we all know they have the cleanest bathrooms around, sometimes even cleaner than the ones at home.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)