Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Hiking We Will Go...

We decided to go to El Dorado State Park this afternoon and have a picnic. I almost didn't go, but changed my mind with it being the last weekend before school starts. I'm glad I went. We had a great time exploring a few new to us trails and enjoying some lovely weather.
As we were hiking along the trail, this mountain side was on our left. There are many rock climbers that scale these things. They are much braver than I.
This is where we ended up having lunch. We hiked along the stream for a ways, but couldn't find any place to have our lunch. Just before we got to where we started hiking, we found this lovely spot.
Amy and Jessica set up our blanket and we feasted on sandwiches, chips and some grapes.
Then we explored the water. Amy found a stick to poke into the stream and made lots of bubbles. She also slipped and got one leg pretty wet, but she was just fine.
Jessica wanted to go on the same rock as Daddy.
We hiked a bit more after we ate and came to an area where the girls could take their shoes off and enjoy the nice, very cold, mountain stream.
Yes, even I waded for a few minutes. It felt great for about 2 seconds, then it was bone chillingly cold!
My two intrepid hikers who fear nothing even rocky trails. Jessica led us most of the way.
This is a shot of the same area where we had our picnic, only from the bridge that was right by us.
And just about my most favorite shot of the day. Walking back to the van, Jess and Daddy shared a sweet moment talking about how much fun they had on our little hike.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope your Sunday has a special moment or two to treasure.



Sarah said...

What wonderful pictures Jeanne!!! I have some pictures that are almost identical to these from ledges state park in Iowa with my parents and kids last wouldn't believe how similar they are !!!
Thanks for your support and thoughts Jeanne, they mean a lot!

Heather said...

Next time, take me with you, Jeanne! Looks like a fabulous time.

mE said...

It sounds and looks like you guys had a BLAST today (yesterday)... Awesome photos, too! If I didn't know better, I'd swear those photos were taken in Utah... lol. Good ol' Rocky Mountains, eh?


Carol said...

Looks like a gorgeous place to go hiking. Your photos are great and I too love that last photo.

Kathi Carlson said...

How fun and what gorgeous photos. I haven't seen a mountain from ground level since I was 12 years old. So beautiful and different from the prairie.

Are the girls all ready for school? Enjoy the week, friend!

Kariberry said...

How fun and what a gorgeous place! What did the water sound like? A quiet stream or rushing waters. Just curious.:) Thanks for taking us their! Great photos! Love the last one with daddy!!

AaronB said...

Great pictures! Its so pretty where you are!

Laurel said...

Wow, looks like a lot of fun!

Jena said...

What great pictures! When you told about Amy and the stick and then slipping and getting a little wet it reminded me of our trip just a couple weeks ago - Brianna did the exact same thing on our picnic by the stream ;-)

Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your life - I truly enjoy your blog even though I don't always have time to leave a comment, but it's a daily must read for me. I appreciate all the sweet comments and kind words you leave on my blog.

I hope you have a great week!

Sharli said...

Oh Jeanne, I feel like I've taken a brief holiday - walked in the cool crisp air under shadows of trees, hearing the bright running water . . . and the laughter of little girls! Your photos are such a breath of fresh air! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Ummmm...I can almost smell the mountain air! And a picnic lunch always tastes better when it's eaten beside a mountain stream. I'm refreshed just looking at your beautiful photos. Brenda

stampmonkey said...

I {almost} felt like I was there with you guys! Wonderful pics, Jeanne! I love how your shots capture the essence of the story so well, and I'm looking forward to seeing these pics on LOs soon. ;) It looks like you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves, and this looks/sounds like someplace that my family needs to venture to.... tfs