Logan was NOT interested in the event at all. He kept saying things like, "I don't want to walk. Can't you carry me?" He didn't seem to care that he was almost six and way too heavy and both parents were already carrying a smaller child who actually couldn't walk in snow shoes!
Tom loved every minute of it. Before we had even taken a step up the trail, he was COVERED in snow from head to toe and smiling a huge toothless smile. He's a trooper. Never once did he complain or want to turn around. He just loves being outside and doing cool stuff.
Ethan was sound asleep when we got there which let us bundle the other ones up and get everything almost ready before we woke up the sleeping prince. It was only then that we realized we had everything including snow pants for him except his coat. Luckily we had layered him up already and Tom had left a big sweatshirt in the back of the car. He got in the pack on Gary's back and was happy until the end when he wanted to walk himself. At that point we were almost to the road that was packed down enough he could walk.
Dylan was AWESOME. He loved being in the pack and seeing things from that angle. The only time he let us know he wasn't pleased was when we would stop walking or I would sink in the snow and his snowsuit would touch the ground. That kid is amazing.
So after we had everyone ready to actually set out on this hike, we had already been in the parking lot for over 45 minutes. I told Gary that we had to hike for at least that long even if it killed us. He took us off on our own trail that started straight up. It was pretty steep going for the first 15 minutes which didn't make Logan very happy but the view was so great once we were on more level footing. We didn't go very far but it was just far enough for our little group. About half way through we wanted to take a picture and "raced" to the spot. That changed everything for Logan. He and Tom raced off and came in first with Gary and I trailing behind. Never mind that we each had extra weight on our backs! From there we had Logan choose the path down hill to the road. Gary actually had to pull me out once or twice and I had to take Dylan off my back to get out of the snow a time or two. It was a great afternoon though.
When we got back to the car, I gave Dylan some warm milk and the boys each had a cup of hot cocoa and Logan said he didn't want to go home yet. He was having way too much fun! Boys. What do you get when you mix beautiful winter weather, fresh snow, hot cocoa, and snow shoes? Amazing family memories.