Jake has been looking forward to this event for at least two years. It has lived in his mind as a mark of a big kid. He has heard stories of his grandpa and his dad taking this very trip and now it is his turn.
When grandpa pulled in, there was a mad rush to strap on his backpack with shouts of "wait! wait!" His fears of being left subsided when we told him that grandpa arrived early.
With some final packing, picture taking and goodbyes, my boy left for his very first backpacking trip. I don't know what they do up there on the mountain, but I know it will stay with Jake for a very long time. There is just something about bathroom shovels and freeze dried food that bonds guys together. May this be the first of many!
Thanks, Laurie! You made being left behind a little better. Max says as we are having our drinks together, "I bet Jakey doesn't get this! Because I'm two!"