Long Lake

By BrandonA Day in the LifeLeave a Comment

Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten a lot of family hikes in this summer. So today we had an open schedule and it was a perfect chance to drive up to Brainard Lake Recreation Area for an open ended hike. The parking lot was packed upon our arrival as expected so the majority of the start was walking down the road to get to the proper trails. However, once on the trail, they know how to find their way.

Long Lake

The girls enjoy being out and quickly find their groove. This mostly involves running 10 feet and finding the next cool tree, flower, rock, or sign. Sydney had her camera once again and made everyone pose by various natural features. When we would take a picture of her doing something, she would respond with, “Now take one with my camera!”. Not sure what she is going to do with all these pictures but she really enjoys taking them.

Long Lake
Long Lake

About 1/4 mile up the trail, Sydney made the first comment asking about how long this was going to be. I was waiting for the comment but figured I would at least get 1/2 mile in! Turns out she had a rock in her shoe and wondered if she should tough it out or not.

Long Lake

We made it over to Long Lake and Kayla started whimpering. When you just learned how to use your legs, I guess you aren’t much in the mood to be carried for too long.

Long Lake

I usually get in trouble for not taking pictures of the Mom with her girls. So I made sure to do this early so I wouldn’t forget!

Long Lake

So we setup camp next to the lake and ate our picnic lunch. It was nice and cool at 10,500 feet and the breeze came and went. The girls and I jumped around on the rocks, which is a common pastime for us at any destination.

Long Lake
Long Lake

Baby hung out on the blanket and got into everything we left. At one point, she stood up without leaning on anything and took a step. Unfortunately, it was onto a rock and she fell but that seemed like the first sign that walking is coming. Soon.

Long Lake

Wyatt got hot and hid in the shade.

Long Lake

He was flying earlier so he might have been tired.

Long Lake

After about an hour of sun and fun, we packed back up and headed back towards where we came from. Sydney spotted a “rock garden” down the trail so we took a detour for some more climbing.

Long Lake
Long Lake

On the return trip, Reagan started dragging a bit but once she realized that I had Kayla on me and didn’t have room, she gave up and decided it was time to trail run. About dying to running in seconds….acting! So Kim fired up the video camera to get some footage of these runners-in-training.

Hopefully, more hikes to come in the future!

Long Lake

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