It would be an understatement to say that the night was a disaster. The motel was just fine, with beds for six and plenty of pillows; we're just not all meant to sleep in the same room. Joss woke most of us up with coughing at 2:00am and then again at 6:30am singing "Happy Birthday" at the window. I gave him a bath to keep him quiet, but we were out at breakfast by 7:00am.
Not quite catching the vision . . .
Off on the hike
And already trailing far behind!
Sebi and Cannon as Robin and Batman
These two were better little hikers than many of the older kids.
Will spent the hike explaining rocket launchers and pretending to spy on other members of the party
Joss was all about finding hiding places and sand boxes
We saw this one lone big horn sheep and three lizards who were too fast for my camera
Batman and Robin fought against forces of evil
Maddie and Sarah were pretty inseparable according to the pictures. I don't actually know because they were always out at the front of the pack and I was always lagging along behind with Joss and Rob.
And we made it to the top where we ran into another Provo family and ate cookies.
Here is the whole group in front of the Hickman Bridge
Once we clambered down the hill, we went to the Gifford Farmhouse to reward ourselves. Wouldn't you want to try official national forest pies?
and sourdough bread and salsa and preserves . . .
the kids were pretty big fans
I have no idea how he got up there, but he couldn't get down on his own
these two were very friendly with J-man
It was a great trip. The kids were happy, the adults stayed up late and laughed and we all survived to tell the tale. We'll be ready to try it again if we survive this summer!