Life in the desert is...complicated. Humans have had to figure out how to thrive in hot environments without lots of water.
Our rhythm was to get water in the neighboring towns in the evening and then try to do the bulk of our hiking in the mornings while it was still relatively cool.
We did all sorts of hikes....from 3 mile nature walks 9 mile hikes through remote desert canyons.
When you walk through wild places you get to see amazing things that are otherwise missed from the highways passing through. The desert has an allure that ingratiates itself to you if you slow down and pay attention.
Warren Peak may have been one of our favorite summits to explore.
On the top we like to look for the summit register and look at all the people who came before us.
Once it gets really hot in the afternoons, especially after long hikes...we like to find ice cream! This might be the funnest part of the hiking experience according to the kids.
Boy Scout Trail was our longest trail. The kids did over 9 miles that day.
I've taught my boys that everyday they need to hug and kiss their sister and reminder her that they love her.
Noah has been our surprise hiker this trip. He refuses to be carried and insists he hike on his own and carry his own water, food, and pack.
He's still learning though...after the first 4 miles of this hike he was complaining about his feet hurting....come to find out he forgot to put socks on! The sand and rocks in his shoes were acting like sand paper on his 5 year old feet.
In the afternoons after hiking and ice cream shops...we like to visit historical sites. On this occasion we went to a town called, Pioneertown. This town was created as a living breathing motion-picture set. The town was designed to provide a place for production companies to enjoy while also using their businesses and homes in movies. Hundreds of Westerns and early television shows were filmed in Pioneertown. What a crazy place!
Though we did shove them in jail in Pioneertown, we didn't leave them there (Joe considered it, lol). We actually like being around them! Vacation isn't our opportunity to get away from our kids....it is focused time to pour into one-another. The joy of spending time with them now is an echo of heaven.
These are good days.