Sunday we ventured out to Black Diamond Mines in Antioch to hike and see the wildflowers in bloom. The day was absolutely gorgeous – sunny with enough wind to create waves in the bright green grass. We generally hate driving, especially in the bay area, but it was a really pleasant trip flanked by hills and trees.
We ate a picnic lunch with our friends Melissa and Nick, then Joe strapped Jack into the Ergo and we started our hike. Jack fell asleep about 1/3 of the way into our trek, right as we made our way along a sheer precipice. I made sure not to look (as I get nasty vertigo in these situations) and made it through just fine. Altogether we hiked about two miles and Jack awoke as we were descending the last third of the hike, which is when he insisted on walking. He actually agreed to hold my hand while making his way down, although the adults frequently had to act as bumpers on either side of him to keep him confined to the trail. He was very helpful in identifying trees, clouds, and “tall hills.”
I passed out in the car while Joe drove us home (literally, I closed my eyes and don’t remember anything until we parked in the garage) and apparently Jack chatted the entire way back. It was a great day and I think all of the activity helped Jack sleep wonderfully that night. I’m still sore, though!
Pictures from all of our recent adventures are uploaded to shutterfly if you’d like to see ‘em.