May 27, 2011

A Day Out

I love living here! Colorado Springs is just amazing.  Last weekend we decided to pack up the dog, the kid and lunch and go hiking - just to give this mono thing a run for its money.  I did pretty well!  

We drove down Constitution Avenue


to get across town to the foothills of the Rockies.


I played around with my camera.


We made our way to the base of the Seven Bridges hiking trail and started up, 


stopping every few minutes two seconds so I could take a picture.


I carried the water, snacks and camera, while Alejandro carried...


everything everyone else.


Then we popped a squat on a rock for lunch.
(That's Charmian's favorite phrase.)


Danny drank from a cup plastic container by himself for the first time!


Sandwiches by the river.


The river.


Toby protected us and ferociously attacked a... 


...uh...


...a log.



Danny practiced his rock-throwing skills.






Toby got everyone wet.



The canyon started to fall, so the boys helped prop it back up.


Just kidding!  Relax.  The canyon wasn't actually falling.  
We would never do anything that dangerous.

There were bridges.  Seven of them, actually.


And there were these gorgeous little butterflies that were purple on the inside 
when they flew around but grey on the outside when they landed on you.


Danny hiked part of the way down but wanted to pick up 
and throw everything in his path, so that didn't last long.


I carried him the last little bit of the way back to the car.  


The weather was absolutely perfect, changing from sunny to cloudy.  
These next two pictures were taken only about a minute apart.  




And then... home for naps all around!


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