I do have to say that spontaneity isn't one of my strong suits. There isn't anything that makes me crazier than waiting for the days plans to be made (because plans should have been made the night before!). I'm like an annoying child who sits there and says "what are we going to do today? what are we going to do today?" over and over again until finally we're out the door doing the day. So I exercised self-control and tried to just let the day be the day on monday. First, we ate breakfast outside and let the kids jump in the pool in their pajamas. (Definitely against a non-spontaneous persons nature to let this happen).
We then decided to drive to the coast for a hike. (Even though the un-spontaneous person in the family thought it would be too crowded). It was perfect weather, saw a million whales "sprouting", hiked along the cliffs and played in the water. And even found a parking spot lickety-split. A perfect day at the beach can't be planned (or so I've been told).
Hiking rules are being adopted and formulated the more we hike together.
Rule #1 - Everyone needs their own space. It's a big trail; we don't all have to be under each others feet. That includes holding hands. Arms must swing freely.
Rule #2 - Snacks & Drinks must be distributed often.
Rule #3 - When you've hiked for 30 minutes and you've gone less than a mile - you've got a problem.
Rule #4 - If you fall on the ground in the middle of the trail and say you are too tired/thirsty/sweaty/hungry to go any further...that is ok. We will keep going and see you at the end of the trail. Have fun catching up.