|After Kathy took this photo of Astrid and me, she excitedly proclaimed, "You will pay me for this photo, it's so good." and after seeing it I believe her.|
My friend Kathy called me yesterday morning with the best kind of idea. She was hoping Astrid and Skagit and I would like to have a dinner-picnic on top of Sentinel with her. We jumped at the invite.
The hike was treasured for a lot of reasons. We haven't hiked with "Auntie" Kathy for quite a long time... unless we happened to see her on Sentinel going the opposite direction... We used to hike with her all the time. When I was pregnant with Astrid we'd trudge up to the top together many mornings a week. When Astrid was 10 days old we started in again (this time carrying her)...but, somewhere along the line it was just easier not to call and make a plan. It was easier to go on our own. First, it was because it took a bit longer to get a baby to the trailhead and wrangled into the backpack... But then I didn't call because I felt I was moving too slow with Astrid's ever increasing weight. I think around the 25 pound mark is when I noticed I was hiking markedly slower than any non-child-carrying friend! I felt guilty ruining someone else's workout when I was sweating just barely leaving the parking lot!
Now that Astrid is 32 pounds, and Kathy is nursing an injury we just might be the perfect
|We didn't make it to the very top due to the light fading so fast! We picked a relatively level spot for our picnic.|
|Checking out the moon over Astrid's shoulder.|
|Astrid and "Auntie" Kathy watching the light show.|
We didn't get back to the trailhead until nearly nine o'clock. There could be no better reason to be late for a bedtime! I was so impressed that Kathy carried Astrid the whole way down in her arms.
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