Ira and her Dino bag, in her happy space
The last few months, we have made a conscious effort to get out of home atleast once a month and go for a trek or a climb. This usually happens on a weekend.
We have two of our friends who are our partners in crime. Depending on the place of the trek, which is decided and planned by Prashant, we also decide about packing breakfast and snacks. The food could be sandwiches, methi theplas or even carrot parathas, fruits and chocolate bars and roasted groundnuts also make it to the menu at times :). Yes, we are mad like that!
These are our 4am mornings ( many of you had asked me about the 4am reference in my Gratitude blog). We generally wake up early. 6am is our regular wake up time. Ira has her alarm set and somedays need a bit of nudge, but she is also an early riser. On trek days, the nudge is just the term 'get ready for the trek' and our little girl springs from the bed and goes about getting ready. Bags are packed the previous night. Her trek bag will have some snacks, water, nimbu pani, first aid kid, soap bottle, sanitizer, hand napkin and her whistle. The rule is we carry our own bags.
Over these treks, we also realised that Ira likes to take photographs. She does that using our friend's heavy camera, adjusts lights and also has been learning how to frame the picture. Sometimes, random rocks and trees capture her attention and sometimes she asks us to pose in a particular way.
"Dadu, move a bit to the left please! "
Our January outing was a small climb. We went to Basadi Betta, also called the Mandagiri hills. Atop the hillock is a Jain temple. And beyond that is space to walk on the surface of the hill overlooking a beautiful lake. Baba also joined us this time! Ira was thrilled to have Dadu come along and the two of them began to climb the steps before any of us. While Dadu climbed fast, Ira at a point also asked him to slow down. She has been our trail-lead on earlier treks and takes her role quite seriously.
Ira ke Papa and Ira's Dadu
It was a nice climb and the view from the hillock, looking into the lake was breathtaking. Lots of pics were clicked, a small photo session by some stone columns and the happy bunch of us then headed to Pavithra, Kyathsandra for Thatte Idli, post a snack of homemade green moong gugri!
Just the perfect way to begin a Sunday Morning!
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