These past two weeks, I’ve had family visiting from the UK. With a view to ensuring that they saw as much of the PNW as possible, we would go places that we might ordinarily give second thoughts to taking Jack to.
However, I am so glad that we did because one day, I wanted to take my family hiking in the Gorge, so we headed for Beacon Rock and I told Jack that we were going to climb it.
When we first arrived, Jack started to cry when he saw how big it was. I think that’s because he thought we were literally climbing it (with our hands), but after assuring him that we would just be walking, he just got on with it and we ended up telling him to slow down instead of encouraging him to come up with us.
He made it all the way up (700′ in elevation gain) and all the way back down completely unaided. He absolutely blew my mind and we’ll definitely be going on more hikes soon.