Jardine Juniper Trail--The first long hike for our kids, 11.6 miles round trip. We really didn't know if our little Nyah could handle it. She can run 1 mile in under 10 minutes but walking up a mountain for 5 miles then down the mountain for 5 miles is another different story. We were however pleasantly surprised by her tenacity and her determination. She climbed and climbed without complaining in fact all the while she kept saying "this is fun". Bryant aka Boyo loved it! He was in the zone, looking for little things on the ground, "collecting" little shells.
Mom on the other hand...well, hiking is not my thing. I kept telling hubby that I didn't find hiking as an attractive recreational activity. Back in Mexico I had to "hike" worse than this just to go to school, so obviously doing it for "fun" wasn't my idea of "fun". Plus, in my trek to school in Mexico, the trees had fruits that I could eat on the way. But, the kids did have fun and that in itself made me happy.
Getting to our destination at the top though had an amazing treat! We got to see a grandfather tree- 3,200 years old --Old Juniper. It looks so majestic, sticking out of the ground all gnarled and dried up and then at the very, very top, a new growth of tree sticks out.