We had a pleasant drive this morning to Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, about a 30 minute drive from our house. We were the first to arrive in the parking lot, but soon after the lot filled up with hikers. We ate our lunch first at picnic tables just outside the trailhead. I brought an old camera along that I gave Zoey to use. She got busy taking about 20 or so photographs of the trees, her boots, Zane’s leg, and my forehead. The weather was perfect for a hike–cool but not cold. We finished eating lunch and started our hike. We passed a man who was returning to the parking lot. Zoey noticed he had no shoes on. We imagined what it would feel like to hike barefoot through the woods. After about hiking for 5 minutes or so, Zoey announced she had to poop. So back to the parking lot we walked. After her business was done, she said she was tired. She was yawning and looked beat. Although sometimes I must admit I’d like to be superhero mom, I’m really not. I couldn’t really carry Zane in the Ergo and Zoey in my arms while hiking. So despite the perfect day for hiking and my desire to spend some time among the redwood trees, we drove back home. The two kids fell asleep in the car and when we got home Zoey vomited on the couch. But we had a lovely drive and picnic lunch among the trees and that’s what counts.