TRAVEL DAY SEVEN :
Our first six days were so great, I knew a sucky day was coming soon. We may be living the dream, frolicking in fields and sleeping under the stars, but kids are still kids and frustrated parents are still frustrated parents no matter how perfect their surroundings might seem. Day seven was our first sucky travel day and it started the second I woke up, with a sore throat, cough and headache. I’d been a little bit sick all week, but day seven was the worst. I felt terrible and didn’t want to do anything or go anywhere. We’d promised the kids a trip to the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, though, so I sucked it up and tried to stay positive.
Then Marley tripped and fell onto the fire pit and burned her fingers. Ugh. The burns weren’t serious, but if you’ve ever burned yourself, you know even the most minor burn hurts like hell. Marley spent a solid hour and a half crying while soaking her hand in a cup of water. Every time I tried to distract her with something fun to do or yummy to eat, she pulled her hand from the cup and then immediately started wailing again about how much it hurt. Poor baby!
Eventually she calmed down and let me put bandaids on her fingers and we packed up the car to go see the petroglyphs. (Petroglyphs are ancient rock carvings, in case you’re wondering!) As we headed down the mountain, I could feel the temperature outside climbing and climbing and climbing. By the time we got there, it was 91 degrees and sunny with NO clouds in sight. As we climbed out of the car I looked over at the site – basically a trail with huge rock piles on either side – and realize there was NO shade anywhere on the trail. And guess who forgot the sunscreen? Yeah, the whitest mom in America – ME. Shit. I put on a long sleeved cardigan and hoped it wouldn’t take long.
Roxy and Kai LOVED the petroglyphs. They climbed up and down, all over every rock pile, trying to find the coolest carvings. Marley complained about the heat non-stop and needed a water break every ten freakin’ feet. Henry and I took turns holding her non-burned hand, trying to keep her calm and showing her the rock carvings. She wasn’t impressed. The trail is less than a mile, but it took FOREVERRRR to get to the end because we had to stop and see every single one of the ten billion carvings.* (*Slight exaggeration.) When we got to the end, there was a covered area to sit and cool off. It was amazing and I could’ve sat there for DAYS. Unfortunately, we had to walk all the way back down the trail to get to the car (it’s not a loop – it’s a line. A LONG, HOT LINE OF ROCKS.) We hustled through, sweating all the way. When we finally piled into the car, we blasted the air conditioner and chugged cold water from our car fridge. (BEST PURCHASE EVER.) I pulled the visor down to check out the sunburn I could already feel on my face and chest and wasn’t surprised to see a fat ass tomato looking back at me. My skin and the sun are mortal enemies, you guys. Forgetting the sunscreen? BADDDDDD move.
I was so exhausted from my sickness and sunburn and from hiking in the heat that I crashed hard when we got back to camp. After a three hour nap, I woke up to find Henry making tacos on the camp stove. Thank goodness for amazing husbands. I don’t know what I’d do without him. Roxy ate three tacos, because she is obsessssssed with tacos. Kai ate one because he’s tiny and eats like a bird. Marley won’t eat any meat that isn’t chicken or beef jerky, so she just ate a tortilla with shredded cheese in it, but not until after throwing a fit because she wanted the tortilla hot, but the cheese cold. Perfect ending to a shitty day!
Bring on Week Two!
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Some of my favorite photos from Day 7 :