Saturday, June 22, 2013
I'm excited that my kids are old enough to have fun playing in the cedars with me. We took a 2 hour walk in the cedars this week, and while one of them had to be shuttled back home for a "potty break", it only happened once, and my wife was able to refill the water bottles at the same time. The cell phone saved us - that and the fact that we were near an ATV trail.
We walked through the cedars, crossing trails here and there, but exploring and tracking. We looked at the trailhead that led to the fan canyon behind our house, marked the cliff just above so that we could see where we wanted to go even while we were in the trees. The kids felt that it was a treasure hunt, although the stuff there is mostly garbage from years of coal-town living. They found shards of old dishes, tin cans and other things that you can't really burn. There are parts of old cars, old signs, old tires, remnants of kid's forts, and lots of newer cans and bottles. Each of my children and three additional friends had a ball trying to out-do each other in finding "treasures". They didn't know that they were on the path to developing healthy habits. Our round trip may have only been 3 or 4 miles, but they loved every minute of it, and they want to go again.