Bike Riding Adventure

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Big E, little g and I tried something new on this one.  I decided to use our bike trailer that has been sitting on our back porch all summer.  I tried this once in the spring but little g was just too little to enjoy it.  At least I assume that’s what she was trying to communicate with her incessant crying.  On this adventure I planned ahead a little more with toys, snacks and distractions all of which helped it be a success.
We started at the Bridal Veil Falls parking lot.  Unloading the bike and trailer by myself was awkward but doable, unlike the very first steep section of the path.  Did you know that towing an extra 50 pounds of trailer and children makes you ride a lot slower?  Well, you do now.  I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying this themselves so be assured that I only had to walk a short while – the rest of the trail to Vivian Park was flat, smooth and along the beautiful Provo River.
We took a picnic, rode 30 minutes to Vivian Park and played and at on their playground.  It was the perfect amount of strapped in time compared to out running around time.  The day was beautiful, the path shady, the river and Bridal Veil Falls were awesome.  All in all a perfect late summer activity.
Later, at home we found a cool caterpillar too.  It’s the fuzziest thing I’ve ever seen and is perfect for Halloween with its black and orange coloring.  We brought it inside in a cardboard box and within an hour found out that caterpillars can climb out of cardboard boxes.  It is now lost in my house somewhere, probably dead, poor guy.  If I ever find it I’ll let you know.

Autumn Leaves

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Big E, little g and I walked on the Stewart Falls hike yesterday to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. There are few places on earth as lovely as the mountains at Sundance at any time of year, but in the fall it is spectacular. Just driving in the canyon you can see exploding reds, oranges and yellows set against the green if the pines. The colors alone deserve a trip even without enjoying the fresh air, the bubbling brook, or the laughter of my little kids.

Seashore Babies

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My family had a big reunion at Laguna Beach, CA. First you must know that I came from a large family which has grown exponentially. Little g is less than a year old and is one of four babies born in the last 10 months. With such a large group it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of cousins.

We loved our trip! Mountain Dad loved body surfing, swimming and body boarding. Big E loved cousins and digging in the sand. Little g loved grandma, and trying to eat the sand which Mountain Mom did NOT like. Overall we loved the sand, sun and family. Can’t wait till next year!

Caves week: Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park

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This post went live originally on August 28, 2012. I thought it’d be a good one to re-post for my Cave Exploration Week.

Our Mountain Family went to the middle of nowhere Nevada for a little camp out. Great Basin National Park is very remote but has some impressive parts to it. My favorite was a tour of Lehman caves, an underground adventure with stalactites, stalagmites and even cave bacon. Big E was a little reluctant in the cave and little g was a little vocal. Maybe she liked to hear her echo but she loved to baby talk, especially when the tour guide was talking.

After the cave we camped at Wheeler Campground which is high up, 11000 feet to be exact. The evening rain showers scared us a bit since we forgot or rain fly but luckily we used our Noah’s tarp that we had packed as a beach sun shade (you’ll see why in my next post).