Monday, August 26, 2013

The last days of summer

"Parting is such sweet sorrow."
We had such a great time at Scofield, one last time, before school started.  We all had fun doing the things that Scofield means: the lake, fishing, hiking, time outside, reading together, making up games, and spending time with the goats.  It was awesome!
 Fishing! Such a great picture of a sweet kid.
 Our big adventure of the week was hiking to an American Flag we saw at the top of a mountain near the cabin.  This is the beginning of the assent.  There was a road that you could drive up about 1/5th of the way.  Then it was on foot from there.  Everyone did really great.  There was no trail to be found so we blazed our own.  And since there was no trail it was difficult for Haley to hike, hence mom carried her up the entire way.  Not too bad but it did get tough here and there.  It was constant slope, no real flat places to be found.  
 We made it!
 The flag
 The view.  We were really high up.
 The boys even found a little tiny lizard that they caught and held.
 Mom and the girl.  We made it together.
 See that mountain in the distance?  That is the one we hiked.  Whew!  It did not look like that big of a climb when we were there.  But when we got back to the cabin I realized what we really accomplished.  Wowzers!  A mom and her 25lb. girl, a 10 year old, 7 year old and the cool guy 5 year old.  We made it to the top.  The 10 and 7 year olds had not one problem.  Except that Peter tends to fall down on every hike we go on, but no injuries to be complained of.  William was a trooper.  He did great all the way up.  Then on the way down he started to feel tired and it was harder with gravity trying to help him down the mountain.  But he did it and it was great.  
 We made time for fishing and Haley surprised us by catching a fish.  She was excited.
 Then not to be out-done, William caught one soon thereafter.  
 On our last full day at the cabin it rained, and rained and rained and rained some more.  A lot of rain, my friends.  There was on break in the day for about 30 minutes.  We headed down to the lake and Peter immediately started on his float to the other side of the lake.  I was not one to stop him, until I saw that big white wall of rain heading for us.  The minute I called to him to turn around it started sprinkling.  He was a tough little paddler and headed back to the dock.  Once we were in the cabin the white wall of rain hit hard and we were all thankful that everyone was safe.
We also made one last stop to the caves and hiked to Caleb's.
Summer is such a blast!  We had the best times at Scofield.  But we also loved taking trips to Arches and Yellowstone.  We really had such amazing times together this summer.  We loved it!

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