Aha! I was right when I said it would be September before I would post again. Don’t worry though — I’m not clairvoyant, I just had a little insider information. We took a little family trip to Utah — our favorite place to visit. We were all together — TheManoftheHouse, both boys, SweetiePie and FinallyAGirl. Everyone just wanted to have a relaxing vacation, but TheSecondChild and I wanted to do some hiking, so, on the second day we were there, we hiked the Timpanooke Trail.
We didn’t get to the trail until around 9 a.m. and we took the wrong trail right off the bat. After about a mile, I realized that something was wrong so we turned around to go back to the parking lot. Halfway back, we ran into three hikers and while I was asking them where the right trail was, I realized that the 3rd hiker was Amber! What are the odds of meeting someone you know out in the middle of nowhere??? That was a fun surprise, and of course, provided teasing material for the boys for the rest of the trip — they think this whole blogging thing is pretty funny.
Anyway, we lost 2 miles and an hour, but we finally found the right trail and hiked away. The scenery and views were gorgeous!
By 2 p.m. we made it to the meadow just below the saddle and stopped for a little snack and rest. We kept on going, but when we came to the bluffs, just below the saddle, TheSecondChild decided that he’d had enough. The trails along the bluffs were steep and rocky with a few washed out places and he was worried about how we’d get back down. So, with just a half-mile to go, we turned around. So Sad! In hindsight, and as I look at the pictures that I took on the way back down, I think that little bluff area was very short and we should have kept going. Oh well. I hiked it when I was in college, so, I’ve seen those stunning views from the top. I hope maybe TheSecondChild will try it again some day.
The hardest part was the 3 hours coming back down. The trails are really rocky and uneven and hard on the feet. I didn’t have my boots tied tightly enough, so I have lots of bruised and blistered toenails that will be my souvenirs for a few months. Ouch! The upside of the whole hike were the gorgeous views and the mountain goats. We saw several of them and there are so many people that do this hike that they don’t seem to be afraid of us. Not that they’re friendly, but they don’t run and hide! I think mountain goats are SO amazing — how do they climb those rocky cliffs with hoofs and not plummet to their deaths??? (This is not a zoomed in picture — we really are that close. This is the bluff area where we turned around — the mountain goats and lots of other people could handle it, but we couldn’t LOL.)
My sore toes hampered any other hiking that I wanted to do for the rest of the week, so we just took it easy and hung out. One morning, we went to the Olympic Park and watched the ski jump practices — always fun! That afternoon, TheManoftheHouse and TheSecondChild went to a gun range where they had a great time playing with machine guns. Men!
The rest of the time was just spent loafing around. I didn’t even take very many pictures.
My very favorite thing was spending time with this little cherub. I got lots of cuddle time and the best part was several times when I got to walk with her and sing her to sleep (no rocking to sleep for this one — she likes to be on the move!) There’s nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby in your arms!
Here’s a shot of her in her new little Liberty bonnet. It fit just right, with a wee bit of room to grow. She’s getting so fun now — she’s a smiley girl and loves to lay out and kick and squeal. She’s growing too quickly!
Now we’re back home and I’m having trouble with re-entry. I spend my days aimlessly looking at quilt pictures, dreaming of all the quilts I’ll never have time to make in this lifetime. There’s SO much inspiration out there! I need to work on lots of UFO’s though. Speaking of — it’s dreary and gloomy here today, so I’m headed to the dungeon to try and make some headway on a certain baby quilt. Happy Weekend!