On a Sunday afternoon in January our family was in danger of melting down. All the signs were there: two kids poking at each other after too much post-church screen time, a talked-out preacher (their dad) who couldn’t stop thinking about all the meetings that awaited in the week ahead, and a mom who felt like dropping into one of those multi-hour naps that you want so bad but always, always regret.
You know this type of afternoon, right? It seems so awesome on the calendar: no one has a birthday party to attend. No sports practice, no games. No meetings. Nothing to prep for or stress out about at all. We don’t get too many of these weekend afternoons.
Everyone just puttering around…everyone, with their own agenda. Kids eventually start whining. Mom gets irritated that people keep generating so much dang laundry. Where does it even come from? Do dirty socks just grow there under that chair?
Time for a hike.
It’s hard to believe but on a January afternoon when night falls fast, just two hours out can make such a difference.
We pile in the car and head up I-80 toward Auburn. I’m so happy to see the green grass at Hidden Falls Regional Park. It feels like a miracle to see this much green after the four-year drought in California.
I waited a while before posting this blog so I don’t remember which trails we went on or the mileage data. I didn’t even get a pic of the falls (they aren’t THAT hidden—they are visible from the trail). You can find park maps on the Placer County website. Mountain biking is allowed; some trails are also OK for horses.
I just wanted to share some images from this beautiful afternoon and say what a balm it was for our family.There’s an observation point for viewing the falls. I thought this guy was good to look at, too. I could not get enough of the golden afternoon sun, shown here on the valley oaks.