Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hiking Friday

Jason's work has started a new program for the summer. They can work 9 hour days Monday-Thursday and then take a half day on Fridays. We have decided to make Friday afternoons our family hiking time. This week we went up Little Cottonwood Canyon to do the Cecret Lake hike (that's not a typo, it really is spelled that way). Unfortunately, when we got up the canyon we learned that the road to the trailhead was still closed. In fact, we had missed the opening of the road by one day.

We made the best of the situation, and played around outside a little bit anyway.

Ellie has always been interested in vehicles. When she was 18 months old, she knew the names of all the types of vehicles we'd commonly see on the road. The area near Alta where we were able to hike a bit had several types of snow-removal vehicles as well as snowmobiles scattered around. Jason told Ellie all about how the tracks make it possible for them to drive on snow, and Ellie ate it all up. This one looked small enough for Ellie to drive. I'm sure it took all her willpower to not jump in and try to start it up!

We found a little patch of snow in a shady spot along the trail. Ellie had a blast climbing all over it. At one point she yelled, "I see berries!" Luckily Jason responded quickly and went to investigate her find.

Ellie and her "berries".

Jason and Ellie discussing how the berries are not actually berries, but deer droppings. I love the look of concern on Ellie's face. I'm sure to her these looked just like the dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries she loves to snack on.

View of the ski-lift from as high as we made it on our hike.

Our favorite find of the afternoon was this rock with a hole that went all the way through. Jason and Ellie enjoyed putting smaller rocks through the hole on top and watching them fall out the bottom. Ellie would have stayed there all day.

Jason's victory smile as he threw a rock across the small stream and into the hole. (Actually, this is a reenactment. I wasn't fast enough with the camera to capture his first celebration.)
Ellie's sweet cheeks.

We were disappointed at first that we were unable to do the hike we'd originally planned. We ended up having a lot of fun, proving once again that it doesn't matter WHAT we're doing, as long as we're together. We love family time!

Watch next week for Cecret Lake pictures...we're definitely going back!

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