Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Hike

Before we had kids, we loved to hike in the mountains. We wondered if we would still be able to hike when we had kids. Then, Matthew was born. We wondered if he would even walk properly. Then, when he did, we wondered what he would and would not be able to do. Then, he started to do everything. We stopped wondering if he would do things, and started to wonder when he would do things.

This past weekend, we did a big hike. We took the boys to the Plain of the Six Glaciers at Lake Louise, better known as the Teahouse Hike. Here are the stats.

distance 5.5 km (3.4 miles) to the teahouse - 11 km (6.8 miles) roundtrip
elevation gain of 420 m (1380 ft)
time 2 hours up, 1 1/2 hours down

Both boys did this no problem and are asking what hike we can do next.

So, for those of you with kids with clubfoot, or leg length discrepancies, or anyone interested, here are some pictures.

Coming round the end of the lake. Chateau Lake Louise in the background.

Taking a breather...maybe Matthew is catching a nap.

Some of the wildlife

A rare family photo with the lake and chateau in the background

enjoying some hot chocolate at the teahouse

more wildlife...well, maybe not too wild

getting ready to head back down

And to end our day


"The Leengrams" said...

How exciting! We are sooo glad to here that he is doing so good! We often look at Mike and wonder how things will be when he starts walking (there's always that little nagging doubt...). We hope that he is as adventurous as yours!!!!!

Jennifer said...

Looks wonderful Jo-Ann!

Hannon! said...

Wow. You have a beautiful surrounding! Dallas, Texas is not even remotely close and I am jealous!

I'm happy the four of you had such a lovely time and can continue to enjoy your hikes!!