Friday, April 7, 2017

A Pair of Canyons

We sat down to plan out the next couple months of camping and realized we don't have a free weekend until June. 

No camping until June--what a depressing thought. To make ourselves feel better we decreed all Fridays from henceforth be hiking days (except next Friday when we'll all visit the dentist). 

Our first hike was through Hidden Canyon. It was supposed to be 1.5 miles...but it was more like 2.3 (according to Robb's phone). 
To distract the kids from their tired feet, we started teaching them the different names of cactus and other plants along the trail. The desert really is a beautiful place and I love sharing it with them.
Mandatory snack break
Almost everything blooms in the desert if you catch it at the right time

Today we hiked Honeybee Canyon, a 2 mile hike in a wash/trail running past some petroglyphs. 
Alice had a rough start (Bah-boo was missed in the car, she didn't want to use the bathroom, and she didn't want to hike), but she warmed up as soon as we got going. 
 Alice and I trailing behind the boys
 While stopping at a 200 year old dam built by sheep farmers, Colby leaned over and said "Look at the beautiful world!"
 "Take a picture of me, Mom!"
 Both kids kept sneaking off the trail to do a little rock climbing. "Let's explore the world!" or "wohd" in Alice's case

Monday, March 6, 2017

Death Star Play Dough!!!


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Colby's first blog post

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tumacácori

December was cold (i.e. 40's/50's...we're wimps now) and packed with activities, so we took a break from hiking and camping. By January we needed another adventure. The weather report threatened 20 mph winds and a 60% chance of rain, but we decided to risk it anyway and drove our family to Tumacacori National Historical Park
Awesome picture brought to you by Robb
It's the site of an old Spanish compound with the remains of a mission, store house, cemetery, and an orchard. The sweet ladies at the front desk gave us Junior Rangers tour book with things to look for and questions to think about. Had the weather been 15 degrees warmer, I think Colby would've enjoyed it, but it was chilly and he really wanted to go home or at least the car...anywhere with indoor heating. We managed about 60% of the tour before Colby and his red nose had enough.
And somehow we convinced him to finish our trip with a short hike down to the river (running water in Arizona never ceases to amaze me). Everyone was happier. Maybe it was the sun finally coming out and warming us up. Maybe it was being out in nature. Maybe it was the promise of snacks on the way back.
It hailed a little bit just before we hit the Visitor's Center and then we were back in car (which we left wide open...thankfully nothing was taken).
As we were leaving:
Lakin: "Did you guys have fun?"
Alice: "Mama, do you know what pandas eat? Bamboo!"