Every year as winter starts coming to a close, I start freaking out; summer is coming. Summer is a time when we avoid the outside as much as possible. A time when I grow weary of applying sunscreen and the smell of the pool. A time when I just tell myself that I'm going to be sweaty for the next six months so I should just get used to it.
This year, the freak out is possibly more potent considering I've spent the last two months on the couch watching every episode of lots of shows. All that time that we could have spent enjoying the glorious Arizona winter and the not-so glorious Arizona wilderness! (It's very pokey.)
I made the decision that we'd go on a hike on Saturday, a decision that I knew was doomed to fail, but I wanted to try anyway. The preparations took FOREVER because the children, I suspect, have formed a cabal to wage war against brushing teeth and putting on shoes. Also, it had rained pretty hard in the early morning but looked like it was clearing up. Maybe. Just in case, I decided we all needed rain-proof jackets. This meant several minutes spent looking through boxes to find a slicky jacket with a hood that would fit Ethan. "I get to wear PINK, just like Lillian!"
Before we even got on the freeway, it started pouring rain. Like, monsoon-level downpour. "Maybe it won't be raining over by the mountains," I offered. Tyler knows better than to rain (haha) on my parade so he offered a quiet, "maybe."
Not only was it still pouring when we got to the mountain, but the website provided inaccurate directions (that's what I'm going with) so we couldn't find the trail head. It looked sunny across the valley where Madera Canyon is, so we asked the kids if they wanted to find a different mountain, or if they wanted to go to the children's museum. They all wanted a different mountain so we headed off across the valley. It was a miracle; it rained and rained and rained our whole drive, and then cleared up a mile or so away from the canyon. We were able to have a lovely hike and we didn't get rained on one time!