On Monday, it was a holiday here in the US. President's Day to be exact which meant everyone was home on holiday! The two eldest grabbed their snow boards and hit the local slopes while the rest of the tribe went up a different canyon and played in the snow and hiked around a bit.
We've not had any snow to speak of this year to play in so our hiking was more of a meandering crawl as The Native's rolled snowballs along the way........
Took little snitches of snow when they thought no one was looking......
Flashed adorable smiles.....
And more adorable smiles.......
And more....... ummm........ hey! What happened to the adorable smiles? It's a teenage thing. Do NOT smile at the camera what ever you do!
Endless snow ball throwing.
I'm talking non stop!
Hello. My name is Mr. J and I model for Wrangler jeans!
Snowballs...... it's an effect. No seriously! It is! Once it starts rolling...........
The red rocks beckon to us. No longer are we satisfied with playing in the snow on the ground floor.
Some of us more brave than others.
Umm, Scarf Kid? Come back here please? You're making my toe nails curl inside my boots.
Good thing he listened because I did NOT want to have to go in after him! Don't make me pull over my sled and get off!!!
Snow. Cold. Freezing. Middle of winter. Green. Who'd have thought!
This green leafy plant looked like wool felt to me. The leaves are thick and fuzzy/furry looking.
Mr. M walking close behind Mr. J making sure he doesn't fall.
No one asked Mr. M to do this. Notice the left hand out just in case his brother slips. Mr. M just comes by this naturally. He's a care taker. Ever since Mr. J was born........ he's taken it on personally to care for Mr. J.
The SM doing the same for Levi. This part of the trail was a bit titchy.
Levi taking a breather. Do we keep going up? Or do we go back down?
Oh look! Shells of some critter that has since moved on.
Being the middle of winter I was amazed at all of the shades of green we saw and found. Pretty moss the color of sage backed by a red canvas.
The vote was to keep going. What were we thinking??
We weren't. The ledge where The SM is helping Levi get up is as far as I went. Julie wouldn't go any further and whined and cried because Levi was out of her sight.
Right where Henny Penny is, is where Julie and I were the smart ones and stayed put while the others went a bit higher. I wasn't about to leave Julie by herself and my balance was way off so I was more than happy to sit with Julie and grumble about what a bunch of nincomepoops I was spending the day with and if someone got stuck or hurt don't come crying to me!
I didn't get a photo of it but seconds later, Henny Penny is reaching down her hand and helping pull Mr. M up. I think this was the highlight of the trip for me. Seeing The Native's reaching out and helping each other all on their own.
As I waited I started to look around me and about fell off the mountain when I saw this out of the corner of my eye! I thought it was a barking spider. Stupid remnant of some flower....... NOT FUNNY!
Driiiiiiiiiiiip! Ummmm, honey!!!! I realize we're all stuck up here on this mountain but....... I gotta gooooo!
Uh! No! I won't be caught dead in one of these. Shudder............
Awwww. Much better. Nothing a little bush around a corner can't cover! A little rude that the paparazzi was waiting for us to come back around the corner laughing their fool heads off at us girls because we'd rather go behind a tree than in the hootie 10 feet away but considering who was behind the camera. No surprise.