This kid loves bath time. He could spend hours splashing around and chewing on his toys. He has on occasion, heard the bathtub water running and came crawling in trying to climb into the bathtub. He also gets upset every time he is taken out, no matter how long we let him play. Sometimes, we even wait until his hands and arms are cold because we know how much he loves it, and he still cries. This kid is crazy, but we are loving every minute of watching his personality come alive.
Our lesson: Stay out of the splash zone! This kid is worse than Shamu!
This is our favorite hike in the Elkhorns.
It is a beautiful trail that follows along the mountainside, over creeks, through the trees, and lands at a gorgeous mountaintop lake. What is also great about this hike is that it is quick. It only takes about 1.5 miles to get in, so round trip is only 3 miles. We have been waiting for the snow to melt all spring and summer so we could finally hike this amazing trail. Luckily, when we got back from our cruise most of the snow on the mountains was gone, so we knew we could make it.
Where: In the Elkhorns, on Anthony Lakes HIghway, about 15 minutes past Anthony Ski Lodge.
Distance: 3 miles round trip
We took Kona with us. She had a blast leaping over the fallen trees, prancing through the meadows, and soaking in the creeks. She sure did get dirty, so a bath was necessary immediately following the hike. She also had fun swimming in the lake. The bad part being that all the fish/bird poop liked to gather at the edges of the lake, well she would roll around in it, covering herself in it, then shake it all off . . . on Ash and I who were sitting near by. This was a lesson we did not need to be taught: never sit down near the edge of the lake while your dog rolls around in fish poop. We stunk!
The hike was great. It was nice to go up yesterday morning and take some alone time. We are going to be busy the next few weeks. We are headed on a mission trip to LA Wednesday, then once we get back, we immediately head to Yellowstone for another week. It has been a crazy eventful summer, but we are enjoying every minute of it. Especially, when we can take some time to do things like this with each other as well.
So this past weekend we went on drive up Marble Creek Rd. Ever since Zach got his Explorer, we have been waiting for the weather to get nice and the snow to melt so we can go drive up some crazy dirt roads. We have been wanting to take this trek up Marble Creek Rd to a couple of trailheads. So, since it was such a nice day on Saturday, and I wanted to try out my new hiking shoes (my birthday present from Zach), we packed Asher and Kona in the car and headed out.
It was a nice drive, we even rolled down the windows to feel the nice cool breeze as we traveled up the mountain. As we journeyed farther and farther, the roads became more uneven and bumpy. To the right of me the mountainside lined the road. To Zach’s left, the road plummeted to the valley below. I uneasily sank my fingers into my door handle, while Zach cheered in excitement all the way up the mountain. We jolted from side to side as we rounded corners, fought through brush, and escaped big holes left from the winter weather.
About three miles from the top (and the trailhead), we finally reached the snow. At first it only covered one side of the road. So, Zach was able to grip the road with the two right wheels and power on through. But, as the snow widened across the road we weren’t sure whether to keep trudging along or to turn around. We decided to see what our four-wheel drive could really do.
Well . . . we realized that although it can do a lot in snow and on the dirt roads, this road which is covered in hard, thick, ice would not let the Explorer grip. So, after quickly getting stuck, we decided to stop there. We got out, ate our lunch, and went on a little hike up the road a little farther.
Although we did not meet our destination, it was worth it to watch Kona run through the snow and enjoy some time out in the forest. And of course we could not leave without attempting to take a family selfie (although can you call it a selfie if there are three of us?)
We decided to spend some family time on Saturday. So, we packed the four of us up in the Explorer and headed for the mountains.
We learned some valuable lessons on this excursion. First, we learned that when we are on a very strict time schedule (oh, the joys of having a newborn), it probably isn’t a good idea to “try out” a new spot to snowshoe at. Especially, when the spot doesn’t pan out because of there being tons more ice than snow; which then leads to a longer drive to the place we normally travel to.
The next, and MOST IMPORTANT, lesson doesn’t have to do with our little man; he was perfect. He slept through the entire hike, warm and cozy in the Ergobaby. This lesson was taught by Kona. We usually take Kona on our hikes. When we are on the trails we let her off her leash. She is great at staying with us and keeping to the trail. Well, last winter we learned that when she is in the snow and can’t see the trail, she does not stay with us. So, we have learned to keep her on a long leash. Zach thought it would be best for him to carry our little guy, while I handled Kona. This was not such a good idea. She is very strong, so along with her constantly pulling and making me fall, she also wrapped herself up in just about every tree/bush we came across.
The other problem was that this area had way more snow then the last time we were there; so, Kona was practically swimming through the snow. She would try to follow behind me, walking in my tracks. She would constantly step on the back of my snowshoe, causing me to fall. We were able to get in an hour hike or so, but we think next time Kona may need to stay home. Overall, we are still calling this trip a success. We got out of the house, enjoyed the mountains, and spent quality time as a family.
So, we had a doctor’s appointment last week for Asher. Every appointment begins with a weight check. We are always anxious to see that he is gaining weight. We want to see that baby grow! Anyway, in order to check his weight, Asher had to be stripped down to his birthday suit. This is not Asher’s favorite thing. Zach took Asher’s clothes off and the nurse laid him down on the scale. Right as the scale read his weight, we see a long stream of pee shoot up right toward the nurse, creating a perfect arch. Luckily, the nurse jumped back just in time not to get hit. Unfortunately, Asher twisted and the stream took a new direction- right at the computer. His aim was spectacular, the keyboard and mouse were drenched. It looks like we have quite the computer wiz on our hands.
This is a picture from a previous appointment. Picture him facing the other way. That’s the computer he hit right behind him.