On Monday I was able to go to yoga and on Tuesday I fit in a great run amidst errands and chores. On Wednesday, the 4th, my family was invited to join in the celebration at my friend's parents' house with a lot of other family and friends. The house was on Lake Stevens, so in addition to amazing company and delicious food, we had a beautiful setting. We even got to take a boat ride!
The girls were insanely happy about riding in the front of the boat. We got bumped and splashed and it was a total blast.
Iris worked on drip castles on the beach. The water was pretty cold, and the air was barely warm enough for swimsuits, but Pacific Northwest kids don't care! We don't always have a sunny 4th, so it was extra special.
I was so happy to be celebrating the 4th with a big extended family, even if it wasn't my own. We felt so grateful to have been included!
We didn't stay for fireworks, unfortunately, because it would have meant an extremely late night for us and everyone had to be up early and off to do their things. I reminded my sad daughters that we will get to see a big fireworks show later this summer when we are in Michigan!
On Thursday I went for a hike at Rattlesnake Ridge with my friend. It was a beautiful day for a hike! I didn't think the hike was too difficult and in fact we saw some pretty small kids make it to Rattlesnake Ledge at the top.
You start at the bottom, next to Rattlesnake Lake.
Looking up at Rattlesnake Ledge.
(this is the only picture that isn't mine)
You hike over 1100 feet up over two miles, on well-maintained trails and through a quiet and beautiful forest.
And you hike and hike and then, voila! You are at the top and presented with the big pay-off: the view!
Evidence I made it to the top!
This is the view looking Northeast (I think).
It was such a lovely hike up. We had a light lunch at the top and hung out before making our way back down. The trail on the way back down was more crowded, but not too bad. I hope I can bring Matt and the girls back some time!