7.05.2011

4th of July around these parts...



So Chef had planned a backpacking trip with the big kids for this weekend. It involved great preparation including bear vaults (yes, I'm serious), rental equipment, mapping, planning, packing, organization...

 {crappy photo via phone camera at 4:30 a.m. prior to departure}


They were all prepared. I was to stay at home with the young one. It was all planned I tell you. Until...


The Forest ranger failed to inform Chef that the Sierra snow pack had not yet melted and basically the trail was impassable. Yes, the same Ranger that kindly gave the kids Smokey the Bear pins and wildlife coloring books before waving buh-bye.

14 hours into the trip my phone has a text saying they are on their way home. Uh oh. Not according to schedule people. I'm not panicked because when there is a real emergency Chef would not leave cryptic text. He's slightly smarter than that.

So they left home at 5 a.m. and returned at midnight. I won't get into detail about the treacherous few miles that these little munchkins hiked. They were pretty discouraged.


To make things a little better we took them to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz for the Fourth of July! There were only about a gazillion other people at the beach, but we still had a great time.

Rocco tried to dig a hole to China

 I wish I could say I made this adorable bathing suit but Lands End made it

Vinny ate lot's and lot's of watermelon

It was a lovely day



3 comments:

oneplumspot said...

Aww! The pic of them hiking is so very cute!

I wish our parks even remotely resembled that one....

Kimberly said...

Oh dang - so, so cute. Each photo is so precious, like straight from The Wonder Years. Happy Summer!

Carolyn said...

That picture of the kids with their backpacks is cracking me up! I keep thinking that they're going to topple over! Those are two tough kids you got there!

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