Amy and I had barely made it back from our Havasupai adventure (and that blog will be next) when we decided to venture out on a short night hike. Grandma was still here, and we all went up to Aspen Grove to hike out to Stewart Falls--something we've been meaning to do for a while now. The only problem was we started around 7:45 pm, and the hike is 2 miles each way.
We made it there just before dark, and our entire hike back was lit by the waxing gibbous moon, or it was completely pitchblack in the shadows of aspens. It was amazing fun; we made our way slowly and savored the sounds and beauty of the dark forest. Jarom was worried at times that we were lost, and Bella got a blister from her shoes so I carried her on my shoulders. Grandma kept saying "this is the best family home evening ever!" The falls were beautiful and we'll have to hike it again soon to spend a little bit more time there. But the hike alone was worth it. The saddest part was that we lost Oey's nicey, but today I plan to run up the trail and try and find it.
We made it back to the car at 10:20.
just starting out; practically running to try and get there at a good time
posing atop a forest
Jarom requested this one. I asked him why he put his hands up. He said, "Like I'm in trouble." As in, put your hands up! Pretty funny. I don't know where he got that from, but he tried to do it again before the night was over.
dusk and the moon
this was Bella hurrying down the trail
At Stewart Falls! Jarom was the first one there (notice the dirt mustache--he had just fallen). The falls are 200 feet high.
Amy and Oey
crossing the creek
Oey throwing rocks (of course) and Bella watching
caught in the dark