Hiking the Canyon

Last weekend we took a drive down the road to Ponderosa Campground. From there, we jumped on the trail that would take us down into Frijoles Canyon. This happens to be the same canyon we spend a lot of time in, we were just further upstream. From the parking lot at the campground to the visitor center in the park is about eight miles, the perfect distance to get the heart pumping.

Good morning, Pretty Girl!

Of course we were not exactly expecting snow, but as we neared the campground, that is exactly what we ran into. Snow never lasts long around here, so we were not too worried about it, even if there were a couple of us in shorts. (Luckily the little girl also had pants in her bag, because she ended up putting them on!)

This tree dumped a branch of snow down our necks while getting our packs out of the car…

 Extensive flooding back in 2013 pretty much washed this trail out, but with much work from the trail team, it is almost back together. There is about a mile section in the middle through the narrows where one has to pick their own path, but overall the trail was fantastic.

Care Bears like hiking, too!

 

We hiked the Canyon Rim Trail. which you can see here, last summer.

There has been a lot of mountain lion activity in this area lately. A couple of weeks ago they even closed one of the back-country camping sections due to so much activity. Apparently mountain lions like this particular hiking trail, too! We saw lots of prints, but no kitty. That is probably a good thing, although Rob was armed with his bear spray, just in case.

Here kitty, kitty…

Once we got into the canyon, the snow was pretty much gone. This is where we eventually lost the trail and had to make our own way. We lost track of how many times we had to jump the creek! It was great fun though and it felt so good to be outside. Can’t wait to see where next weekend takes us!

The Narrows

Jump!

Happy Spring!

Let me just start by saying… I LOVE SPRING!! Something about life returning to the landscape makes me giddy as a little school girl. The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, birds are flying everywhere. It can all be summed up with one magical word: Love.

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I am not sure where this last month and a half have gone, but time has just flown by. We have been busy getting everything settled here, updating addresses and insurance, getting new license plates and driver’s licenses, finding a new doctor and dentist. Everyday has been filled with a dozen things that need to be done. I think we are just about settled, so things should calm down a little bit now.

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The kids have settled into a routine at their new school, and Rob has done the same with work. I agreed to fill a temporary position in the park and I will start tomorrow, so I guess it will not be too long before I settle into a new routine as well.

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Overall, I guess you could say we are doing great. When I jokingly ask the kids if they are ready to move, they all yell at me, “Noooooooooooo!!!” I am going to take that as a good sign. 🙂

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Spring has Sprung!

I absolutely love spring, and I think it has officially sprung here in Pennsylvania. Charbie and I went for a nice walk through the park this evening and it was incredibly beautiful. There must be a million shades of green out there. After a long, drab winter and seemingly endless rain, the variety of colors is extremely refreshing.

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The orchard is blooming and everywhere you look, colorful flowers are poking their little heads up through the grass. Out in the pasture, the lambs are strong and energetic, wearing out their mamas by the end of the day. The water wheel has been turned on after a winter of rest and all of the bright grass has been freshly mowed. This coming Sunday is sheep-shearing day here at the park, and nothing says spring quite like sheep-shearing.

With spring comes the end of another school year and a new group of high school gradates. This year my nephew, Ian, will be one of those proud graduates. When I graduated from high school, (which does not seem all that long ago) Ian was only three weeks old, and here it is time for his graduation already. My sister made me promise years ago that since Ian was at my graduation, I would be at his. I may be thousands of miles away, but I am not one to break a promise, so on Wednesday, the kids and I are flying back to Idaho.

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We had originally planned on driving, but my family is so amazing, (and they said it would take us too long to drive and they wanted us there sooner) that they bought us plane tickets. The kids are crazy excited about getting to fly. Will flew when he was two, but I don’t think he really remembers it and the twins have never flown. I am just super excited for what will be waiting at the other end of the flight.

We will be back on the western side of the U.S. for three weeks and in that time, we will visit Grammy and Grampy, Great Grandma, aunties and uncles, cousins and two very dear friends of mine. I will get to see two aunts whom I have not seen in 13 years, and will even be running a half marathon with one of them. We will spend time in Boise, Spokane and Reno. We will be there for three birthdays and the graduation of one amazing young man. The only one missing will be Rob, who, unfortunately, will be staying home so he can work and hold down the fort. I wish more than anything that we could all go together, it is just not possible.

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As for the kids, May 20 marks the end of the school year for them and they, too, will be turned loose for the summer. We have some things we need to work on over the long break, but for the most part they will be free as wild birds. Another school year has flown by…

So many exciting things happening, so many amazing places to go, so many wonderful people to visit… I. Love. Spring.

She’s Here!

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~Kahlil Gibran

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I have always been hopelessly in love with spring, so when she returns after a long winter, it always makes my heart smile. And today just so happened to be one of the most beautiful starts to spring I have ever seen. From a morning walk to an afternoon on the beach to a sunset stroll around Pea Island, most of the day was spent outside enjoying the warm sunshine. If today had decided to continue on forever, I don’t think I would have complained one bit… Happy Spring my friends.

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It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain