Sunday, August 11, 2013

{the natural bridge}

Because life has been so monotonous lately, so boring and hot and dull, I decided we were due for another adventure. I mean, it's been a month since we got out of town!! I'd say we were past due, really!
So I took a Saturday off work, and surprised Jeff with my idea. He loved it.
He likes adventures too.
And surprisingly enough, so does my sister and a couple of my brothers, so they joined us as well!
(Although, truth be told, it wasn't that surprising, haha)
 So we packed up, left and hour later than we planned, and made the drive up north to cooler weather and funner times... the Natural Bridge, to be more specific.

I have fond memories of when I was younger and making this trip with my family, and I thought I'd been with Jeff before, but he says otherwise. I guess that just made it EXTRA special, since it was all new to everyone :)

On our way up, escaping the heat!!

Four peaks!
(I really want to hike this mountain one day...any takers??)

Jeff and I were totally shocked with the absolute LUSHNESS of the desert! It was GREEN! I guess it makes sense, since it is monsoon season, but for some reason we thought that because August was one of the hottest months of the year that everything would be dead. Not so!

We reached our destination around 10:30am and were greeted with a lovely 82 degrees!

We had some young hikers...namely, Eli. But he was cheating.

As you will see below, this is our "picture rock." Obviously my children were anxious to get a move on and weren't interested in sitting still...sigh, maybe next time.

(Also, I'm sorry my eldest child keeps being in your family pictures...)

Circa 2003??
(10 years ago?! Whoa.)

So the hike isn't very long, but it's super steep...thankfully the hike out is the hardest part...

You start out at the top of this view, near the waterfall (which your cross over, and then come down and around...)

This little waterfall is fed by a stream up at the top, and I also have fond memories of playing in it...

And just to give you a better sense of the magnitude of this place, if you look at the bottom left of this picture, you can see the wooden bridge we come in on...

Wyatt found his own little cave...

Ben climbed higher to get a really good view...we're in the bottom right corner...

It was a little wet...we had to climb over some seriously slippery places, and endure some "rain" to get to our end point (which was almost to the other end of the natural bridge)

Group shot!
(sorry it's fuzzy, my lens had a drop of water on it...)

Oh yeah! CRAWDADS!! Many fond memories of that too...
Ben found the KING CRAWDAD. It was basically huge.

Once back out, we stopped and let the boys play in the stream...

...and enjoyed a picnic before heading back out.

It was amazingly successful.


Fiery Jack said...

1) Cool shoes.
B) We'd hike 4 peaks with you! The drive to get to the trailhead is long, and the hike is just over 4 hours (there and back), but it's a very cool hike, and the view is awesome, and the scramble/rock climbing at the top to get to the peak is really fun!

Lindsey Layton said...

That looks so fun! I love how itty bitty that stream is. Haha.