A couple of weeks ago, we invited our friends the Arthurs to go on a hike on Mt Etna with us. I’ve mentioned this active local volcano before; we often see her erupting out our kitchen window! We love hiking on her slopes because the air is so much cooler and the flowers are so beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter this part of the trail would be covered in snow.
(Also, before I go any farther, my apologies for all the pictures… I just couldn’t resist! I had over 200 to begin with, so you really are just getting the best of the best. Hope you all enjoy this hike with me all over again through the images!)
Ladybugs and nose picking… when it comes to two-year-olds, they go together so well!
The coarse volcanic ash can fill up shoes quickly… and lead to gorgeous vegetation like these flowers, whose perfume filled the air.
Showing Miss Becca a ladybug that she found.
Pine cones are one thing you can’t find very easily in Sicily. Tantrums, unfortunately, are easy to find everywhere.
Lena was pleased as punch that the Arthurs had some goldfish to share with her.
Elliott’s sister Jess took a photo like the one on the left when we hiked this trail with her last summer. I was pregnant with Gil then, and now he’s a 6-month-old baby!
Men dislodging and chucking lava. Aphids on a branch.
Sweet baby Eden.
One of the very few pictures we have together!
They were building mini Mt Etnas.
Finally at the end of our hike! To the right is the huge valley where the lava flows during eruptions. The peak of Mt Etna herself is hidden in the clouds to the right.
New family photo!
Looking down towards the Plain of Catania and the sea… mostly lost in the haze.
And a cheesy farewell to Mt Etna on the right…