I haven’t had a chance to post about our beautiful hike in Ojai last week. We went with Ruth on Valentine’s Day which was a fun new tradition and it also happened to be a break in the rain storms. The world was absolutely sparkling and crisp and beautiful! Here are the photos from our hike:

 Ian and Peter starting out. Seth and Jerome had followed Peter back behind a big boulder to go exploring. The boys call it “the creepy place”…it was rather dark. On the open trail. Seth was watching a hang glider in the sky who was coming lower for landing. Glorious clouds! And snow on the mountains! My Guys. :-) Jerome hiking ahead of everyone. Seth not far behind this time. Stopping to watch the hang glider, I think. Peter tried to see where he landed, but we never did. Ruth spotted this little picture, succulents growing out of the rock! Baby ferns! And Miner’s Lettuce… which Peter let the boys eat! They said it tasts like spinach, which they love! No, I’m not kidding. :-) Under the oaks. It was a nicely shaded hike. I had no idea such beautiful ferns grew in California! Seth enjoyed Ruth’s company! She stopped with him to discover things and talked to him, and best of all she held back and walked his pace. :-) Jerome leaning on one of his walking sticks. The mud was incredible. Clay like stickyness, which made for a nice slow climb, and a slippery slide down! A beautiful fern cove! Jerome was a willing subject. Seth was not far behind silly boys. Seth munched on an apple as he hiked. I love sun flare! and ferns! The boys said the trees reminded them of hiking with Gigi on her birthday under the oaks! Ruth bringing up the rear with Seth, kind soul! You’d think after parenting for six years we’d know to bring diapers and wipes EVERYWHERE with us…but this time a pack of tissues and a bottle of water had to do. :-/ The camera was tucked under my arm and left on. beautiful view! beautiful family! Peter said I had to be in one. :-) Jerome beginning a terrifying down hill run… with his stick in his hand (don’t look, mom). but as he gets closer… a look of shear joy is visible on his face. and of course he makes it down to the bottom safely… by God’s grace. heading back down I also had no idea ranunculus grew wild in California! Seth learned to walk sideways so as not to slip. mid jump brothers Almost to the road and back to the car. Beautiful day!

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