I was feeling guilty that it was the end of summer and we weren’t planning to do anything fun. So at the last minute yesterday we decided to take the kids up to the Ape Caves near Mt. St. Helens. Paige and I made it to the second set of stairs before deciding we preferred to stay above ground! So, while to men-folk continued on we hiked back up to the sunshine. While we waited we followed a beautiful trail to a meadow with huge lava rocks. After snapping a picture of Paige on one of the rocks with Mt. St. Helens in the background, she and I sat perfectly still and listened. That is probably one of my most favorite things to do – just sit and listen to the sounds of nature, away from the noises of modern life. We mostly heard the grasshoppers snapping! It was a perfect, beautiful day!