Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Hiking We Will Go

A couple of weeks ago Joe and I took a drive up Mill Creek Canyon and ever since then we've been wanting to take the kids hiking up there. Today we took the afternoon and headed out for a hike. Unfortunately we didn't do a whole lot of research on which trail we should take before we went, but we looked at a couple of things on my phone on the way there and thought we knew where we were headed. The Elbow Fork trail was described as being an "Easy" level hike which "follows the road at low altitudes and is well shaded with beautiful views of Mill Creek Canyon." I'm sure that the Elbow Fork trail is just that. What I'm not sure of is what trail we hiked. I think we went up a trail on the south side of the road when we should have been on the north side.

The trail we took was beautiful, but it was not "easy". It had a lot of switchbacks at the beginning which took us straight up the face of the mountain and it pretty much continued uphill from there. I have to say that even though the hike was far more difficult than we had planned, we still had a great time. Brad was amazing. He walked the whole way with very little complaining. He did turf it a few times, but with no major injuries and nothing could damage his positive attitude. Lucy rode in the back-pack and was a trooper too. We hiked for about an hour and a half in the fresh, clean air and I think all of us felt great afterward. Here are some pictures for you!

This is the view of the canyon from about half way through our hike. You can just see the city where the mountains meet in the middle. You can also see how the air gets dirtier the further down you get. :(

Here's Lucy chilling in the back-pack. It looks like she's blowing a kiss, but really she's stuffing her face with goldfish crackers.

Joe and the kids. It's a good thing he can carry Lucy like that because I don't think I could.

The kids and me.

Brad leading the way. This was my view for most of the hike. He really did an amazing job and I was really proud of him.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that while we were hiking I got stung for the first time in my whole life. It really hurt!! Luckily it turns out I have no major allergies, so disaster averted.


Adi said...

Wow I'm impressed that Lucy did so well and in the backpack and WTG Brad!! Marcus wouldn't have walked the whole time, lol

Tonya said...

Beautiful view! Looks like you had a great time!

Barrett said...

So glad you didn't have a reaction! That wouldn't be good! I don't know how people do the backpack thing either! I think I'd fall backwards or just be super sore from leaning forwards so I don't fall backwards! Fun times! I am going to get in shape and hike! Well, one day I might!

bakers dozen said...

Wyatt loves the back pack as well. He usually falls asleep. Awesome hiking with kids. We haven't been brave enough to do that yet, or maybe we haven't had time. Hmm . . .