We took Levi on his first hiking trip on 8/18 at Busiek State Park. Jason used to mountain bike here when he was younger, so he knew his way around the trails. Some of them may have changed...we took a wrong trail on our way back and ended up a little bit lost, carrying a 22 lb baby and eventually also a 42 lb 4 year old! Jason has a very good sense of direction, so when he started saying "I'm not sure where we are", I got really worried. I was having visions of being on the next episode of "I shouldn't be alive". Our short hike turned into 2 hours, but we made it back to our car and learned a couple of lessons. First, we will not be hiking again until Levi can walk really well. Second, always take water. So on the upside, we learned some lessons, enjoyed the nice weather, and got a GREAT workout!!
Disclaimer: All the pictures we show on the blog of Levi are when he is happy and smiling, but he is currently going through a phase of whining and fit throwing. It is not fun, but I know part of it is teething, part is testing boundaries, and part is not being able to communicate effectively yet. We are surviving, but some days I put him in bed early just because I cannot listen to him cry any longer!
Commentary: We picked one of the worst years to start a farm. July was the hottest month on record, and this summer's drought was the worst in over 50 years. For a while our cattle had almost no grass to eat. Everything was dead and brown. We contemplated selling them vs. having to buy hay ($50 a bale, once a week, plus the high cost of grain) if there was no grass for them to eat. We were SO thankful for the rain the hurricane Isaac brought us! It was amazing how quickly everything greened up after just a few inches of rain! Hate what some of the people in Louisiana went through with Isaac, but thankful nonetheless. I have family in Plaquemines Parish, but thankfully they are all okay and did not have any flooding. So we still have the cattle, and we are praying that the rain continues!