Elisa was back to work. In the evening, we went to open house for Kindergarten, then we ate dinner at La Fuente. See post, “Todd’s Fifth Birthday“.
Eric: “Will you eat some sweet potato?” Todd: “No.” Eric: “I thought you were going to be 5 tomorrow?” Todd: “I’ll still be 5 even if I don’t eat sweet potato.”
“That’s not a word to say” (after Eric asked, “What kind of logic is that?”)
“Before 55 is 54”
“I’m gonna have a quick Goppa, dudes”
“Break it off!”
Playing with Hot Wheels cars
Outside: looking at bugs, kicking balls in the grass, running in the sprinklers
Singing to ‘Band on the Run’ & ‘Jet’
For ‘Jet’ he sang, “I want mama to always love me”
Todd was fixated on catching a fish & bringing it to the condo to take care of it; he filled up a bin with water for the fish
Video games: On Eric’s old iPad he completed ‘Dragon’s Lair” & then moved on to playing ‘Pitfall’
Able to work a 45-pc puzzle (we take turns)
RUNNING IN SPRINKLERS
Lincoln Rock State Park (8/23); looking for fish & trying to catch them
Cashmere pump track & catching fish with his net (8/25, 8/27)
TEAMS Learning Center (8/26)
Open gym (9/7, 9/14); they took down the monkey bars 😦
Sorbetto @ Ice, then to Walla Walla Point Park to look for fish & throw rocks (9/8); At the park, he jumped with confidence to grab the monkey bar with both hands, then grabbed the next bar before dropping
He has PE 2x per week; One evening he dropped to the floor to demo push-ups, so maybe he learned that in PE!
FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT
Dining out: La Fuente (8/21); Ice (9/8); El Porton (9/20)
On 9/4 we saw a small rat in the grass on the way to the pool. After we swam it was still in the same spot. Later, we saw a worm. Todd doesn’t shy away from touching anything, but I try my best to keep him safe! (i.e., I do know rats can bite.)
We started a token economy on 9/5: he gets 1 star for each night he stays in his own bed, earning a toy if he fills up the month; so far he has not missed a night getting stars!
Our small family was due for a hike, so we picked a new place to explore over Labor Day weekend. Hidden Lake (Trail 1510) is right by Lake Wenatchee. It’s a nice, short distance for hiking with kids (0.8 miles round trip).
Of course, Todd was all pumped up to catch some fish with his hands. There were plenty of fish to see (tiny-to-small in size), but he was unsuccessful fishing (fortunately).
Here’s a view of Dirty Face Peak. Eric and I did that hike waaaay back in October of 2003! [The map at the top of this post shows the trail on the Green Trails map. I couldn’t highlight over the tape, but we did complete the whole hike!]
After the hike to Hidden Lake, we drove to the small parking lot at Glacier View campground. We lucked out and got one of just a few parking spots, since someone else was leaving right when we showed up.
Initially, Todd wanted to look for fish in the lake, but then he got interested in throwing rocks and practicing climbing over the rocks, back and forth several times.
Todd fell asleep in the car after his exertions!
Another time, we’ll have to return to do the shore hike that starts at Glacier View Campground (Trail 1510A). A weekday might offer the best chance of getting a parking spot when we return!
MOUNTAIN BIKING: NUMBER 2 CANYON AUG 13 – AUG 26 (2019)
Here are pictures from three bike rides at the end of the Number Two Canyon road. Instead of going up to the Twin Peaks viewpoint each time, we started exploring some of the newer trails in that area.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
As you can see from the Runkeeper map, we didn’t descend the same meadow that we climbed; we looped around and connected back to our start point. Since we had time left before we had to pick up Todd, we added on our familiar favorite, Lower Stairway to Heaven trail, as an out-and-back. We covered about 10 miles but I didn’t get exact stats because I forgot to restart my tracker for one short section (oops).
MONDAY, AUGUST 19
In the parking lot, we saw friends from skiing at Mission Ridge and they made suggestions for our route. This time we climbed Stairway to Heaven and descended Waterfall (new for us), to access the same meadow area that we explored on the 13th. We ventured a little higher than our previous turn around point, then descended on the same trail (on the 13th we did a loop instead). At an intersection, we did another short out-and-back. The total mileage was 10.90 miles at 5.85 mph.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
We ascended strongly to the Twin Peaks viewpoint, including a climb of Dragon’s Tail. We descended Road Rage (new for me, but it’s not for me!), then started down our usual route. However, Eric crashed hard shortly after starting down Upper Stairway (his peddle caught on a root which threw him over). Fortunately, he was able to ride down to the car…painfully, but it meant the end of our good times. Our total mileage was 10.2 miles.
We dropped Todd off at TEAMS Learning Center to enjoy yet another mountain biking date ride. Yay! We chose Twin Peaks (Wenatchee, WA) again, but this time we added the Dragon’s Tail trail to our descent. Our total mileage was 10.19 miles in 1 hour and 57 minutes.