For the first time in a very long time, we had a normal (to us) weekend. Daniel found out on Friday that he would actually have Saturday (his birthday) off. So we quickly made plans to take advantage of the fact that the Lula Lake Land Trust would be open.
Lula Lake is a conservation property that is open to the public two Saturdays a month. With six miles of trails for hiking and biking, and a waterfall, it is a perfect place for a family day trip. It also has trails that connect to Cloudland Canyon.
Jack can currently hike about 1 mile at a time. Our goal is to build up his stamina as we add more hikes to our hectic schedule. On Saturday, we chose to do a 3-mile loop. We started on the Middle Trail, making our way to the falls. Then after a snack break we walked back to the car via the North Creek Trail, ending with the Ford Trail.
To keep Jack moving, we allowed him to pick up rocks (which he stored in his pockets), and we found him a sturdy walking stick. The stick kept him focused on the trail and helped him with balance (until he was too tired to walk on his own).
About a mile into our walk, Jack was tired so Daniel carried him the rest of the way. At almost 40 pounds, Jack made the hike more of a workout for Daniel (I was carrying 20-pound Isaac, so we both got a good workout).
The falls were pretty. There are signs everywhere saying not to swim. While we were there, several people did take a dip in the water. Jack didn't understand why he couldn't get in while others were clearly getting wet.
If we go back, I would consider skipping the Middle Trail and taking advantage of the Creek and Ford trails and letting Jack wade in the creek.
There were quite a few people there, but the trails were not crowded. It was so nice to finally be back in the wilderness and spend some quality time together as a family.