1. Yesterday I was hiking a familiar trail with all 3 kids.
  2. My 6 and 5 year old were walking with me and my 30 lb 2 year old was on my back.
  3. Carrying my two year old was a little challenging because, while this hike isn't incredibly difficult, it is 5 miles long and having 30 extra pounds on your back for that long can get uncomfortable.
  4. Also, it rained during our hike and it was SUPER muddy. Instead of the hike taking me an hour and forty five minutes, with the kids it took close to 3 hours.
  5. About 4 miles into the hike my 5 year old little girl tripped on a tree root and started going head first down the mountain.
  6. I used my Mom reaction time and grabbed her, but lost my footing. I started sliding down the mountain on my side/ stomach in order to protect the toddler on my back.
  7. As I slid I was holding Charlotte's head with one arm to protect it and trying to stop us with the other arm.
  8. The only thing I can remember saying is, "Shit, this is actually happening." And then feeling bad about cursing in front of the kids.
  9. I finally caught a sturdy tree root and we stopped sliding. Charlotte was completely upside down so I righted her body.
  10. I checked to make sure that no one seemed hurt and then threw the water bottles I was holding up on the ledge.
  11. At this point my 6 year old son was crying from the ledge and saying that he didn't want us to die.
  12. I just had to laugh as I comforted him because the situation was in no way dire. Bless him.
  13. I tried to boost Charlotte up the ledge but she couldn't quit reach.
  14. I kept trying to think of solutions but I couldn't come up with anything that didn't include my cell phone, which was dead.
  15. Just then a HUGE man came around the corner and I yelled, "thank God! Can you please help us?" As he sprinted over. He held onto a tree for support and then lowered his body down to where I could boost Charlotte up and he grabbed her.
  16. That was such a relief.
  17. Then he extended his leg as far as he could while I pulled myself and Finn up by the root and I climbed up his leg, then got his arm, then pulled myself up to a standing position. He kind of pushed my back/ butt until Finn and I were on the ledge.
  18. I wasn't scared until that moment when I was back in a safe position. That's when I realized how bad it could have been and how miraculous it was that no one was hurt in the slightest.
  19. The entire situation happened in 5 minutes.
  20. After, I hugged the big, hairy man and thanked him as sincerely as possible and then the kids and I finished our hike, came home, and scared the crap out of @mbmurray23 with our story.
  21. Just another fun adventure in Hawaii!
  22. P.s. This is what my legs looked like after😂