Sunday, June 13, 2010


I don't know why, because it's not like I'm in great shape, but hiking holds great appeal for me.  Adventure, beauty, time with my family, exercise - it just all sounds like a fun way to spend time.  It's taken me forever to do any research on the subject though, because it's just so HUGE.  Where do we go?  What do we take with us?  How do we GET there?

Today was our day, baby!  I said heck with all the research, let's just get out there.  Let's go somewhere that we're familiar with and kick it up a notch.

Caris and Graham accompanied me.  Canaan was too little, Alif was too Laker-obsessed, and Malachi was too disrespectful.  Here are the two excited hikers at the mouth of the trail!  (I know, in a few months I'll laugh at myself for all of my totally wrong terminology.  Sorry, real hikers.)
The trail was nice and wide and very safe as long as we were careful, but I was a complete nervous Nellie the entire way down.  "Sorry honey, Mama's just kind of nervous." "Watch yourself on this transition!"  "Get over to the other edge!"  I cannot believe my kids didn't complain.  Or at least roll their eyes.  LOL
On the way down Graham put his hand against the mountain and said, "Ohhh, I like this rock."  I said, "Sit down and I'll take your picture by it.  SIT.  Graham, sit QUICKLY.  Away from the edge!"  Ack, I will have to really loosen up!
I told Graham it would be great if he took a picture of me so I could prove I was on the hike too.  He laughed and said, "Yeah . . . like you just let us go down here alone and everything."  LOL  Alright, alright, true enough.

The way back up was a LOT harder than I'd anticipated.  The kids did great but I had to stop for rest at least 5-6 times.  Mama was wore OUT!
I was so proud of us when we finished!  I told the kids so and Graham said, "How can you be proud of yourSELF?"  I said, "Honey!  I was a little scared and tired, but I did it, and I AM proud of that, and I'm proud of you guys too!"  I asked the nicest man ever to take a picture of us.
We did it!!  It was awesome.  I can't wait to go again!


  1. There are a few pretty easy trails right off the 178 once you get into the canyon. I highly recommend them. So beautiful! Most have parking areas and park like areas with bathrooms and picnic tables too.

  2. Call me next time, I want to come!

  3. Lisa, I'm gonna message you for more info. Lynnie Jean, totally - will call you about ut!

  4. good for you! i'm impressed. john loves to hike, but i wilt if it's too hot.

  5. You totally rock!!

  6. i cracked up at graham's response to you have a picture to prove you were there. lolololol.