When David and Charlie returned home after Charlie's basketball yesterday, they declared that we were all going to go on a hike. Right now! Get some shoes on! We'll meet you in the truck! It's beautiful outside and we can see lots of snow on the mountain!
It took me and Tommy a few minutes to accept our fates and move in the required direction. I think we managed to switch gears relatively well, and without too much overt grumpiness. David didn't have much of a plan, and he didn't bring much gear along, but I remained calm and only worried about the logistics a little bit. (His take on this might be slightly different, but I'm the one writing this, so my version stands.)
We picked up a lunch to eat in the truck and drove around the back side of our mountains, and all the way up to Sandia Peak. The roads were mostly dry, so it was safe driving. It really was a beautiful day, and it was refreshing to see all the snow.
We ended up having lots of fun. Maybe we should have had sleds, boots, gloves and snow pants, but we had a different kind of spontaneous fun without them. The boys were covered in show within minutes, but it was very dry snow, so they didn't end up nearly as soaked and frozen as I thought they would. I stayed mostly dry as I dawdled along with my camera.
We did end up hiking around for about an hour on the established paths up at the peak. Groups of well-prepared individuals would smile and wave when they passed us with their snowshoes, high-tech gear and intensity of purpose. The boys sang christmas carols and fell over on purpose quite frequently. They sledded on their bottoms without sleds. They made snow angels and crashed through the snow drifts, cackling with glee. Sometimes it's fun to be THAT FAMILY.
I had plans with a friend to go to tea later in the afternoon, so we didn't get to stay for very long. That was probably for the best, because the boys started to get cold as the snow on their sweatpants started to melt. They spent the drive home pants-free and barefoot with coats draped over their laps to keep them warm. They were very cozy and happy in the back of the truck after our random romp in the snow.
It was a good day.