3 miles there. 3 miles back. 6 miles total. We see deer (three of them!), rabbits, squirrels, multicolored lizards, spiderwebs, and a bird's nest.
When we get to the falls, there isn't any water (but there IS plenty of shade). We munch on trail mix, Clif Bars, fruit roll-ups, and yogurt-covered raisins.
Then, Tim asks, "Should we pray together?" "YES!" our 3-year-old says. "What should we talk to God about?" he asks. "Thank him for all this beautiful stuff?!?" she answers enthusiastically, gesturing to the waving trees and the life around us. So we do.
As we descend the mountain, we all agree that this was an ideal way to spend a Saturday. Out in nature. Together.
On the drive home, our 3-year-old says, "That was the best ever!" Yes. Indeed.
WHAT FREE/FUN ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR KIDS THIS SUMMER? (I'm taking suggestions)
IF YOU LIVE IN SOUTHERN AZ, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HIKING TRAILS?
Curious about the logistics of how we hike with our 1-year-old and 3-year-old? Read: 4 Tips for hiking with baby.