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).

Little g’s first campout

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Little g did awesome on her first ever campout. We went to Ponderosa Pines campground by Mt. Nebo, part of the Wasatch Cache Uinta National Forest. The campsite we were at was right by a stream which provided plenty of entertainment for Big E and his cousins. The photos are of little g with her cousin and grandma as well as a photo of the Devils Kitchen, a short hike off the beautiful Mt. nebo scenic byway which we explored the next morning. It was lots of fun for everyone!p

Sundance Lift

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With cousins in town we went on a high flying adventure on the Sundance Ski lift. Since Big E is a bit rowdy we strapped him into a climbing harness and clipped him to Mountain Dad. We didn’t need to worry, he was excited for the adventure, or rather advegable as he called it. While flying over pine and aspen trees Big E said “Wow, it’s so beautiful!” I’m sure he heard me and Mountain Dad saying something similar moments before, because he is not a ‘notice the scenery’ type.

Little g was content in her baby wrap and I was content to keep her there. Our cousins from Nebraska especially enjoyed the mountain terrain, since they don’t have anything like it there. Riding the lift is a great activity with kids because you can ride the whole way, hike down or even mountain bike depending on your activity level. We loved it.