Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day Hike

On Labor Day, my dad and I took my four oldest children and their cousin for a hike. The weather was cool, so we went down into a warm canyon on federal land. I had done an overnight hike there with Scouts several years ago and remembered the sounds of coyotes and raptors and even having a midnight mouse visitor in the tent. This past weekend's hike was wild, but we brought in much of the wildlife with us (as shown in the photos).

We saw many visitors on horseback and a few people fishing when we arrived at a lake beneath the cliffs. Our cousin's mom packed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches enough to share, and we all took a break on a boulder at the lake's edge for granola bars and water. Later we stopped at a sandy spot near the lake's inlet to take off our shoes and wade before starting our hike back out through the fields of melon gravel boulders and dust.

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