(foreward: I do not have the gift of brevity when it comes to words or pictures on my posts. . .)
We decided to go hiking for 2 reasons: 1. To fulfill the kids' merit badge requirement and 2. Because I wanted to! We had recently gotten a nice topo map and so I started scouring it for hikes. I found two that looked beautiful, checked it out online, talked to a hiker in our ward (both of these were some of her favorites), and decided to go. Ben and I were both a little weary because we knew it would be a challenging hike for our kids. It was 6.6 miles roundtrip, with some good elevation gain of 1,600 feet. But I really, really wanted to do it. The lake was suppose to be this amazing blue color and it just looked like some real good hiking. So we headed out right after breakfast and spent the entire day in the mountains. It was heavenly:
And here we are at the lake - check out that color! Turquoise! It was so incredible and the whole family was just so excited about it and at finally being there! It took us 3 hours to get to the lake. It was a cool day because of the partly cloudy skies. That made it nice for hiking, but at the lake when the sun went behind the clouds it was definitely chilly (we were at about 12,000+ elevation)! Then the sun would come out and heat us up, then the clouds would cover the sun again and we'd get chilly, etc. But it's always nice to feel a little chilly in July - loved it!
it's true! So funny that Jonas did this.