Thursday, June 2, 2011

Slate Canyon Hike

We live at the mouth of Slate Canyon. On Memorial Day we ventured into its vertical depths for a family hike.
Here is the group at the outset minus me. (I'm behind the camera.)
There were many a stream to ford. (Love how Rachel carries her water bottle.)
Kellie got a bit creative with her river-crossing skills.
Travis was the trailblazer and grew tired of waiting for us to catch up.
Everyone worked together and when we reached snow. . .
the snowballs were flying. Travis ended up being white-washed, of course.
Our goal was a meadow at "the top", but after a good two hours the middle-aged folks and Abby were worn out. Our shoes and socks were soaked clear through and Abby had one too many encounters with the rocks. The last quarter mile or so she got a ride from a VERY kind soul.
We left this group to forge ahead. The meadow ended up being only about 3/4 of a mile further, and it was covered with a foot of snow.
Abby's adventurous attitude returned as we descended the canyon where she searched for treasures amongst the mounds of slate.
 
 A Perfect Day!

28 comments:

Saimi said...

That was a PERFECT day!! What a beautiful hike!! Kellyie's
brave jump over the river made me gasp!

Glad everyone had a wonderful time, family hikes are the best!!

Saimi said...

Ops, I spelled Kellie's name wrong..sorry!

Sue said...

Very cool hike!

=)

Mailbox Moments said...

It does look like a perfect day. I really like all your photo's. It looks like there is an extra kind soul in your pictures... :)

Lesa

Ginger said...

Wow! Beautiful country and a beautiful family! I wish we had some of that snow down here... we sure need it! I love this post and getting to know your family a little better. It looks like a perfect day. :)

Marianne said...

Ha Ha!! Kellie fell in the river! (I hope she didn't get hurt, though...)

And Julie. There is a young man in this picture that I do not recognize....I think you'd better email me!! ;-)

Tammy said...

Looks like you all had a fabulous time :) Such wonderful pictures !

Momza said...

That looks like MY kind of Family Day too!
AWESOME!! Beautiful pictures! Is there any place more beautiful than the mountains?!

Cindi said...

Beautiful pictures. What a fun hike. I'm looking forward to the day when all my kids can hike without riding on my back. :)

Shannon said...

Fun! So, I'm curious about 2 things.
1) How did your knees hold up during the hike? I want to get back to hiking up there. Going up will be fine, but I was a bit tenuous (sp?) coming down before and I'm down right nervous/scared now.

2) Who's the "extra" in the pictures? I'm with Marianne above. Is there something we should know about?!

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

What a gorgeous family day! My husbands dream is to live at the base of a mountain.

Valerie said...

Beautiful~ even with the snow!

Nancy said...

What a gorgeous place to spend the day! Beautiful!

Cherie said...

That looks like such a fun family day and what a beautiful bunch too!!
I like the river crossing pictures - a little action, a little adventure - alot of fun!

Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

these pictures are so beautiful and your family looks great :)

Julie said...

My knee did really well on the hike, although coming down was a bit rough. I definitely felt both of them then. I do, however, think it was mostly due to the fact that my legs muscles weren't used to that type of exercise. I was pretty slow walking out of the canyon. Overall, though, they did their job and I feel great.

Julie Harward said...

This looks like a gorgeous day to me and being with family is the very best thing ever. Love your blog, come say hi some time. :D

Garden of Egan said...

OK the daredevil jumping over the creek took my breath away. (I'm a big chicken)

SNOW! YUK. There is just something wrong with snow in the summer isn't there?

Looks like a totally fun time.

blueviolet said...

It seems so weird to see all the green and then end up in snow! Very cool!

But yikes to that jump!!!

Mom to Many said...

Beautiful!

Lisa said...

That is a perfect day...I'd like to have one just like that. The mountains are so gorgeous this time of year with the fresh green growth against melting snow...so beautiful!

Miko's Girl said...

Julie, This is beautiful!

Deila said...

I love a good hike, it looks like it got cold with snow though. But the slate is cool looking, I am kind of a rock hound.

Joy For Your Journey said...

That looks like so much fun!! We were hoping to get some hiking in over our holiday as well, but we were in Wyoming and everywhere had snow!! So we spent time in the house eating instead. Not such a good choice. :-)

The Tame Lion said...

Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

Wendys Hat said...

How fun! There's nothing like hiking with family! That snow scares me though!

Valerie said...

I was just telling my son Alexander that we need to plan a hike for as soon as I'm done with school. (2 weeks left!) My girls don't like hiking. I love these pics and I've never been on this hike so I'm adding it to my list. :)

Samara Link said...

What a fabulous outing!

You live in a gorgeous area. It's great that you all got out to enjoy it together. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.