After DD and Coach went home last week we were feeling a little down. I even resorted to bidding on things on eBay to cheer myself up and managed to become the reluctant owner of two (TWO!) vintage bird-themed paint-by-number renderings. Seriously, how is that I was the only one to bid on these beauties?
We decided we all needed to get out of the house, so we went to hike Ruffner Mountain on Saturday morning. Owen completed a 3-mile loop with us, and he was a great sport about it.
Scott spotted this guy when we were still only a few hundred yards from the trailhead. It is my unprofessional opinion that this is just a harmless (albeit honkin' big) rat snake. I went in for the picture. Scott wasn't nearly as enthused. Owen was completely oblivious. Would anyone like me to repost this in an extra large format?
First we hiked to the rim of an old quarry, and the views were nice. I don't know why I expected there to be slabs of marble and sparkly green water...
Then we went on up to Hawk's View and the eponymous owner flew by to greet us.
Owen loved that he could see the airport and watch planes take off an land below him.
My "I'm a poser" artsy fartsy shot of downtown.
We realized we were right by Owen's favorite train depot, so after our hike we went to the Irondale Cafe and completely negated all the calories we had just burned.
If you head out there and see the sign that says "Don't forget to head around the corner to see the steam engine!" just know that this is all you get.
It was way more fun than eBay.