Robb immediately got to work making dinner in the dutch ovens which left me in charge of the tent. Thanks to two solid weeks of camping every other night, I'm pretty familiar with the whole set up process. but Ashley came over to help and together we got it up. Then I put Claire down for nap, when I came out I found Colby, Alice, and Elliot running as fast as they could from "the troll" aka Aaron who was guarding his bridge.
|The mountains right behind our campsite|
Then started my best night of camping:
:: All three kids were in bed by 8:00 without much of a fight
:: I won our round of Bohnaza
:: Our neighbors and the campground in general were quiet...in fact, we were probably the loud ones until we went to bed around 9:15 (and I didn't hear a single note of mariachi music)
:: All three kids slept in until almost 6:00
|We bundled up our Arizona babies good|
The loop was 3 miles and we weren't sure the kids would make it (we even did some small practice hikes around our neighborhood to get them ready). We had to turn back after 1.2 miles because Elliot and Claire were getting tired, but Colby and Alice walked the entire way by themselves. Proud parent moment.
Alice was our little fearless mountain goat. Once we reached the Grottos she insisted on climbing through the rock formations
Colby wasn't sure he wanted to join her after he saw the giant boulder above, but he came after we promised it wasn't going anywhere. Alice keeps us adventurous and Colby keeps us safe.