Monday, June 22, 2009

we were supposed to go camping this weekend but all 6 of the other families involved backed out on us (thank you very much ya turkeys), so this is what we did instead

  

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We hiked.

 

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In the 105 degree sun.

 

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Actually, it probably wasn't that hot yet because we went early morning and the weather was quite pleasant, but I heard rumors that it was supposed to get pretty darn hot on Saturday.

 

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How have I lived here this long and never hiked White Tanks?

 

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And when I say 'hiked', I use that term very loosely or liberally or to the best of what I need it to mean at this moment.

 

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The waterfall trail is precisely that: a trail.

 

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So the 'hike' is just a trail, a walk through a bit of desert-ey terrain.

 

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Is it just me, or are Danny's calves all 'the hotness' in this picture?

 

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And he wears those swim trunks so well.  Though later he mentioned something about chafing.  (Fear not, I personally checked him out and made sure he got the right treatment.)

What?  I'm studying to be a nurse!

 

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I personally have never found the desert to be pretty.  There's just too much brown on top of more brown surrounded by yet more dying brown.  But ehh.I guess this was a pretty day.  For the desert.

 

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There are a few points where you climb a bit, but it's quite easy. 

 

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My 5 year old did so with minimal complaining.

Rather, he complained from the moment his little sneakers left the comfort of our AC-filled van and touched the pavement but we just assured him that if he indeed perished, that he would be missed a great deal and to please try to make it through the rest of the hike.

 

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The waterfall.  Err.I guess after a rain, there's actually water here.  Go figure.  So, us wearing our swimsuits was all for naught, but at least we were prepared.

 

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We'll totally have to do it again during another season.

 

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We were warned of the possibility of snakes and other wildlife but all we saw were these fellows.

 

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And that one lizard.

 

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I guess it's almost as good as camping.

 

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No, not really.

 

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But it was a good substitute this time around.

 

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I cut Dan's hair real short this past week and in this picture he looks like a cancer patient.  (don't worry, his hat is just covering it-there's still hair there)

 

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When Ethan decided he couldn't take it any more, Sean very kindly offered to carry him back.  In this shot, Ethan was saying, "My legs!  My legs hurt!"  And I thought your legs!!  Poor Sean's legs!

Alas, no one perished in the desert this trip and we live to hike another day.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

On that precise day I was screaming that exact thing, "My legs my legs!" I ran a mile without stopping, so I was proud of myself, I haven't done that in a decade.... Barely finished the 1 1/2 mile in time to pass, but I made it.

B

Jennifer (jkincolorado) said...

I would have perished in that heat - the lizards would have eaten good last night ;)

Happy Father's Day to Dan!

Jenna said...

I love the waterfall trail, it's the best!

The Bluths said...

I think I've only been on the waterfall trail, I should try another one sometime. Wasn't there a pool of water there? Even when there is no water falling, there is usually a pool of water.

wittygal said...

I was just thinking about filling up spray bottles and going to White Tanks. I have two hours to fill before dad comes home. Hot, tired, feet hurting, thirsty, hungry and why did you bring us hers? Maybe I should stay home.

Christine #2 said...

Gobble, gobble

Margee' said...

They backed out on you! Bummer! Looks like you all had a good time anyway!

Lindsay said...

If you can ever get to that trail within 24 hours after a good rainstorm- it really is beautiful!

jinxi~ aka angi said...

hahahaha I love "in another season" hahaa. You my friend are a brave woman to get out there in that heat and still look so pretty!
I love all the photos and the lizard! That waterfall was a sad site!
Im glad you had a "good" time!