Friday, May 29, 2009

The Monument Trail

This morning my friend Margaret called and invited me and the kids to go on a hike. We quickly agreed. It was a completely new trail to us, in a city just north of us, and we all loved it. The trail made a big loop, and in the middle of the 3+ mile trail was a large stone formation. Here we are, getting closer to it. You can see it in the background.
Georgie found lots of wildflowers alongside the trail, and it was a struggle to get her to walk, instead of stopping to inspect every little moving insect along the way.

We rounded the corner and there was a picturesque pond waiting for us. It reminded me of the pond I use to go swimming in when I was little, except I don't think there were any dead creatures lurking under the water in this pond.

Here are all the kiddos eating a snack of apples, yogurt covered raisins, and crackers in the shadow of the big rock.

Along the back side, there was a gathering of water, which made a fun place for the kids to practice throwing pebbles across the surface.

Keaton and Kolby were adventurous enough to climb onto a ledge. Can you see them?

On the way back, there was a bit of trail that went alongside a grove of trees. The kids decided they'd rather walk among the trees, than outside in the sunshine. I thought it was a neat little shady stroll through the trees.
We spent a lot of time waiting for Georgie to rest.
She wanted to be held most of the way back. Here is where I'm wishing Heath could have gone with us too. He has great stamina for piggy-back rides.

Turning back to wait for Georgie to catch up, I thought this was a pretty view. It was a really nice hike. We'll do it again soon!

If I could pick a perfect place to build a house, this would be it.


Colleen said...

What a beautiful hike! Poor sweet, tired Georgie! Margaret called this morning too, but because of the ultrasound we had to miss out. Darn. Next time you go, we're in!!

runningfan said...

Fun! It was great seeing you tonight. Love your new blog look.

Maynards said...

That is our favorite trail to go to on Sunday before church. It is so pretty. You got some great pictures! Good job with the piggy back ride, especially with being pregnant.