As we embarked with picnic in hand, E informed me that this was the first time that we've ever taken them hiking! The truth of that statement became clear to me quite quickly as they started saying, "Why is it taking so long to get to our picnic?" They totally missed that the means was just as important as the end....I too sometimes miss that in life.
At any rate, we ended up stopping for our dinner at the edge of the beach due to high tide. On our return hike C and E raced, and then E and I did various "exercises". It was a nice outing, and it ended with Shake's for dessert back home before baths and bedtime:)