Alright, I had a big fun weekend with my oldest daughter, Macy. She is 5 years old and we went camping with her YMCA group of 9 friends and their dad's. Let me say that I am extremely proud of her and I will get into details in a moment. Let me also explain that trail running has completely ruined me! I will also explain that.
We got to Possom Kingdom Lake and Camp Grady Spruce at about 5:30 PM Friday evening. We got a fire going and grilled some hot dogs and began to settle into the camp. All the dads and daughters arrived and we got the girls down to sleep at about 9:30 PM. I had decided to get my 2 hour run in that night instead of the next morning so at 10:30 PM I take off in new territory. Three miles down the road I noticed a trail head for mountain biking/hiking and I was off into the great unknown. Three miles in and three miles out and back to camp for about 12 miles. It was 12:30 AM and the dad's were still up around the campfire and I felt really good. Most couldn't believe I had just whipped out a short 12 miler. I turn in at about 1:30 AM.
The next morning we are off after breakfast to climb Johnson's Peak. It is about a mile climb and about an 8 on the technical 10 scale. Macy took off with three other girls and the rockiness made no mind to her. Here is where trail running has ruined me. I can not go for a hike on a trail like this and I was literally chomping at the bit. Knowing that there was a 50 to 75 foot drop at the top bluff, I ran ahead to make sure our kindergarten girls would not do a swan dive off the top...so I got rid of a little of the pent up energy by running up to the top. Macy and 3 of the other girls chewed up the climb without any Diva Drama. This cannot be said about all parties involved. We made it to the top and pictures were taking and the decent began. Once again, my 5 year old daughter led the way down as the first one showing astuteness of footing and no whining. We got to the bottom and her comment was, "I am the first one down and I still have a lot of energy left." I was so proud of her. Trust me there was a lot of whining and waling in the party...but not my Macy....My princess is a trailblazer!
Great weekend. Pics to follow later.