Thursday, April 24, 2008

"And the air had so much light and sweetness to it that it was a pain to come within doors." Ralph Waldo Emerson

We had our first trip of the season to the island today, and Skyler's first mountain hike! (She has never actually done the walking.) We hiked Beech mountain, which is a short but steep trail, and except for a few short patches, Skyler hiked the whole thing herself. She was so proud! At the top she happily climbed into the Kelty pack for the steep climb down and went to sleep on Sam's back.

It was a bit cooler than I thought it would be, 50s and windy. Typical for me, I had tons of layers, hats, mittens, and three changes of clothes for Reed and Skyler, and only a thin poly-pro shirt for myself, so I had to wear Sam's big jacket.

Skyler is likely at the age when she will remember her first mountain. She does not let us wonder if she is enjoying herself; she is clearly very happy in the Maine woods. All week she has been so jolly and light:
"It sure is a beautiful day." "That sure is a wonderful view."

Reed was mellow and happy in the Ergo the whole way as long as I didn't stop walking. He made happy noises and babbled all the way up and down. I know that he is too young to be forming actual memories, but I love that the Maine landscape is making its way into his little soul too, as he absorbs the smells of the pine, the lichen-covered granite, and the ocean views through the trees. Even if not consciously, these woods and this air, combined with the warm press of mama's back as we hike together, are becoming a part of him.


Leigh said...

Wow! It is so beautiful!

Tiercy said...

Amazing! Thanks for sharing the Maine view with us. I can see why you love it there.