We’re only in the second month of 2016 and already we’re getting quite a bit of use out of our our Adventure Pass! Last weekend, on Super Bowl Sunday morning, we again met up with our friends, the Bullocks, and this time, we hiked about 3 miles on the Holy Jim Falls trail in the Cleveland National Forest. We’d all hiked this trail before, but prior to having children. This time, we hiked it with our kiddos and our dogs and although I’m sure we hiked at a much slower pace than we did in the past, we all very much enjoyed the journey (and the destination, since there was actually some water falling at the falls!). It rained one week prior to our hike, so there was green undergrowth throughout the forest, water running in the creek, and water flowing over the falls.
In order to get to the trailhead, you have to drive 5 miles down Trabuco Creek Road, which is VERY, VERY rough. We traversed it in our lifted Toyota Tundra with [nearly bald] off-road tires and our friends drove it in their Lexus SUV. We all arrived at the popular and busy trailhead in very dusty vehicles, anxious to get out and stretch our legs on the trail. On the hike to the falls, I carried Vivian in the Ergo on my back. Somehow, the weight on my back seemed to balance out the weight in my front, and I felt great hiking uphill and even precariously walking back and forth across Trabuco Creek and scrambling over boulders.
When we arrived at the falls, we let the kids run around and climb up rocks. It’s amazing how agile the toddlers were!
On our way downhill and back to the cars, Vivian walked some, was carried some by Dan and me, and also again rode on my back in the Ergo. By the time we finished the hike, she was fast asleep on my back – and she stayed asleep when we loaded her into her car seat and through the VERY bumpy ride back home.
We’ve really enjoyed getting out on multiple hikes already this year and want to keep up our momentum, so we’re already planning for our next Orange County hike – hopefully next month!