Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kamiak Butte

The day before we left for home, Maren took us to Kamiak Butte, which was only about 20 minutes from their home. Right after we parked, the kids took off for this great little playground. Here are Braden, Micah, and Matthew.
 Braden and Micah:
 Braden, Micah, and Colin:
 Mira and Matthew:
 Braden, showing off either a rock or a huge piece of bark. Either way, it's totally cool in his book.
 Nearby, there was a little amphitheater which the kids couldn't just leave without first doing a little acting themselves. (Notice Ella's main focus is her pose in each picture.) The boys duelled with "swords" and incantations (think Harry Potter).

 At one point, Mira gets her hands on the camera and does some picture-taking. Here are: me, Ella, Brody, Maren with Hunter, Colin, Chad, and Micah.

 Chad not too enthused with having Mira running around with the camera, but manages to fake a smile. (Definitely fake!)
 We hiked the 1/2 mile to the top of Kamiak Butte and were rewarded with a great view of rolling hills, wildflowers, trees, etc. With kids in tow, you can't expect to go far without snacks. We came prepared with goldfish and water.
 I got to hold sweet little Hunter! (Matthew was okay with that.)
 Some one (but more likely many people) had built this lean-to which the kids adored. I'm telling you, the only toys kids really need in life are sticks, rocks, trees, water, and imagination.
 Braden and Mira:
 Mira, Chad, and Matthew:
 Not so fast!
 "C'mon, just one nice with with Daddy?"
 Micah, Colin, Nicole, Chad, Matthew, Mira, and Ella from the top of Kamiak:
 Mira again with the camera. She goes around, shooting a hundred pictures. Mostly of trees and random things, but she manages to get in a few of people.

 Here's that awesome lean-to:

 And Mira gets a token self-portrait:
 I think that's Brody climbing around:
 Nicole and Matthew. I love those snuggles.
It was a great last day to spend with Maren and the kids. We missed Blake because he was at work, but we enjoyed all the time we had with him during dinners, Easter, and just hanging around the house. They were so good to us. We completely took over their home, Maren prepared all the meals, and we were spoiled. We look forward to reciprocating in June! We love you guys.

1 comment:

Marsha said...

You guys are always taking fun trips. I love how active your kids are!