In the morning, they had what Colin considered the best breakfast he'd ever had (point for me!): tin foil wrapped sausage, potato, and onion. With hot chocolate and lots of cantaloupe. After breakfast, they went exploring. One of their goals was to identify 5 different trees and 5 different birds. They saw this and more: a red-tailed hawk, a mule deer, and a fawn.
Chad reported that the boys spent a good portion of their time throwing rocks. And what more fun can a boy have, anyway? They went to the Payson Lake area and hiked around three different lakes there.
They went on several little walks, then drove up a loop to the highest peak in the Wasatch Mountains: Mount Nebo.+
The boys learned that the reddish color of these parts comes from the iron. It reminded them of Bryce Canyon. I asked Colin if it was beautiful. He said, "It wasn't beautiful. It was cool." This was called "Devil's Kitchen". Micah at first was under the impression that there really was a kitchen up there. He saw an outhouse and thought that was where the cooking happened. Chad said, "No, that's the Devil's Bathroom." Ha!
I love this enthusiasm! The boys came back with a big stick they couldn't part with and lots of shells they'd collected. They were filthy, hungry, and smelled like campfire. I suppose that goes to show what a great time they had.
Now for the girls. A couple of weeks ago Chad's work had a retreat up to Lava Hot Springs. He decided it was the girls' turn with Dad. They got to stay in a great little B&B (used to be an old, old LDS church building). It's now used for weddings and receptions. Aw, aren't those girls adorable in their matchy-matchy shirts (One says 'Best,' the other says 'Friends')? They thought the whole place was a castle and their room was the Princess Room.
This was the reception/wedding area (the old chapel). Up front there was a throne and the girls pretended they were princesses and queens sitting on their thrones.