I wish someone could have followed us with a video camera today. We started out at 8:45, a gay male couple who borrowed a van that belongs to one of their parents, a newly out gay woman, her two kids (girls, seven and almost four) and her new girlfriend, a straight couple and their two kids (girl, almost four, and a boy who is one), and me. We go to the same church and were all in a class on the basics of our church's faith together earlier in the year.
We drove to a state park one state over, the same state park that I like for camping and hiking. It's a great place for kids. We picked one trail, only 1.5 miles long, but it has three caves, and a waterfall. It was the perfect hike for our group. We arrived in the park, had lunch, and then hiked the trail for about two hours. Everyone, without exception, had a fantastic time. Not once did anyone (myself included) cry. I've never seen kids who were so ready to enjoy nature. They really had a great time and the three older ones, covered in mud and wet from walking through the waterfall, were disappointed when it was time to leave.
It was an absolutely perfect day, and now I'm tired and ready to fall asleep.