This was one of our more memorable hikes...for many reasons. We decided to go to Pinnacles National park on National park weekend. Parking was free and there were a million people. In fact we had to be shuttled to our destination. I chose a shorter hike from a day use area that included the caves and a reservoir.
It really is a beautiful park but I remember it being super hot from hiking there as a kid and it was this day too. The kids were VERY excited about the caves. I was wearing Bunny so I was pretty nervous but I thought it would be easier for me than Daddy
It was nice and cool in the caves and the kids loved it. There are tons of stairs. I definitely got my workout! There were also a few parts that were not very carrier friendly. At one point I was on my hands and knees crawling over a steel grate. That was fun. Right before the last stairs I had to take him off because I couldn't squeeze through the rocks. I immediately put him on again when I saw the last staircase that was super steep. I had to lean him to the side to avoid the rocks and he was not a fan.
I got out to the reservoir to find my family and it was very crowded. Bunny was screaming on my back. I put him down but he kept screaming then Buddy started throwing a tantrum about something. People were staring. It was also not fun.
We hiked back a different route (thank God) and everyone calmed down. Sometimes it is pure torture to take everyone with us but I know it's good for them. They all said they had a good time despite our fairly embarrassing scene.
Baby even saw her first snake. A gardener snake that I apparently walked right past. I want to go back soon and try some other trails before it gets too hot.