Mt. Etna in the autumn (or… hiking with kids)

The weather these days in Sicily is just perfect in every way.  Clear, refreshing days with big bowl-of-blue skies and light breezes.  Rain once every week or so, just enough to turn the earth green again and give you reason to break out your cooler weather gear.  And then there are the hints of changing color on Mt. Etna, which we are taking every opportunity to see.
Last Saturday we joined our dear friends the Arthurs for another hike on Mt. Etna.  It was a perfect day: a picnic, a fireplace (even if we forgot marshmallows), a beautiful climb, and a magnificent view.  Oh, and kids wearing themselves out with happy play!
Elise in her new hat 
Mama Arthur and her brood

Lena and Lucas

The fire builders and their helpers.  (Josh: “It’s easier to wear Elise’s hat than carry it for her.”)

How young families hike.
 
The final push and then the summit.

Beautiful Sicily!

“There’s our town, guys, can you see it?”

my gentle husband
we three and Mt. Etna
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8 Responses to Mt. Etna in the autumn (or… hiking with kids)

  1. Josh November 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    And the star of this gallery is: the purple hat!

  2. Eden November 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Looking greener!

  3. @deploymentprbs November 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    beautiful photos!!

    New follower here :) (as well as new to blogging!)

    Sicily is SO beautiful! and so is your family! Can’t wait to see more!

    TOODLES!

  4. Kate @ Daffodils November 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    How beautiful and fun! We would love to live overseas one say too. THanks for stopping by my blog the other day, I look forward to following more of your adventures~

  5. lucyanngreen6 November 9, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Wow, what a beautiful portrayal of what looks like a lovely hike. Those children are getting early training on the joys of hiking and being outdoors.

  6. Milynn {Love + Whimsy} November 9, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    What a beautiful view!! I love hiking, those last photos before hitting the summit are my favorite :)

  7. Alica November 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I’ve really enjoyed looking around. Even though I don’t know your family, I have enjoyed reading about your lives, and want to say I’m so sorry about your sister! I lost a dear friend recently in a biking accident, and it’s tough, although I’m sure not nearly like losing a family member.
    Italy looks like a beautiful place, and I’d love to see it in person some day.

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