I invited my friend Csilla and her family to join our family on a backpacking trip to Powderhorn lakes. We did this as a family two years ago - and Ben and boys did it three years ago. It's the perfect backpacking adventure for our family and so we love going back there!
I have a gazillion pictures:
Miles was feeling a little sick at this point. His face was practically white - I kid you not. We owed it to probably a mix of dehydration and some altitude-sickness. While I am sure those reasons were part of it, when I got home I figured that him fasting for two meals the day before a big hike was probably the biggest factor! Miles is an excellent hiker and so it was unusual for him to not feel good! After some water, rest, and sugar, he felt better. :)
Then we decided to go fish at the lake. Both times that Ben has come to Powderhorn lake, no one has caught any fish at the lake. But the one person we saw that day told us he had caught some pretty good-sized fish at the lake and so it gave us hope. So we went to the lake to give it a try.
The rest of the evening was just spent at camp, cooking and eating dinner, etc., etc. It was a good night. Ben and the boys slept in our new backpacking tent; the girls and I slept in our old one. I use the term "sleep" lightly - as Ben and I had some horrible sleep. But at least we weren't eaten by bears and so all was well in the morning!
After breakfast and packing up our stuff, it was time to head back. On our way to the lake at the meadow area, Ben saw a ridge and thought it would be cool to hike back via that way - forging his own trail. So Sye and Kyle and Ben and Miles and Jonas hiked back via the ridge.
Then the boys started heading down the ridge to meet us in the meadows. I spotted them at the very top of the ridge and it was fun to watch them make their way down! We beat them by about 45-minutes - not bad!