Saturday, November 26, 2005
Happy Thanksgiving weekend
We've had a good ole Thanksgiving weekend so far. We had some excellent grub at Lisa's mom's for 'don't kill that turkey' day. All that good food got us ready for our big hike. We left Friday morning to go to Providence Canyon State Park. It took a little longer to get there than expected, due to my inability to pay attention to details like highway splits. We got there nonetheless and set out on our trip. The hike starts out behind the ranger station/interpretive center, going down to a creek bed. Then you actually hike for about 2 miles in the creek bed. It was just a trickle of water, that actually didn't smell too good. After that, we climbed a hill, slowly for pregnant mommas, and found our campsite. We set up our fancy schmancy tent that we hadn't used yet and built a fire. It got chilly, but it felt great next to the fire and later in our sleeping bags. We then got to use our fancy schmancy stove, that we haven't used yet, to cook up some Katmandu Kurry by 'backpackers pantry'. For freeze-dried camp food, it was pretty durn good, with lentils, rice, potatos, and other veggies. Bruce dined on some of the local nuts and the food that he carried in himself in his own new backpack. We told a couple of stories by the fire and then went to bed. We all seemed to take turns sleeping and snoring. Bruce was on guard constantly listening for critters outside, which was usually just the wind. After a full night of semi-restful intermittent sleep, it was nice to get up with the sun and cook some backcountry oatmeal. That stuff was GREAT. Dan, being a man, had to get the fire burning again. You can't spend any waking time at a camp site without a fire going. duh! It's true though, even I, who has never been a man, agrees. We then packed up camp and where on the trail again by 9am. We had between 3-4 miles of trail to go today to get back around the loop to the interpretive center. Bruce led the way. There where some beautiful canyons on the latter part of the trail, with crazy colors. The fall leaves on the trees added to all the beauty. It felt so good to get out of the city and walk in the woods for a couple of days. It's been too long. We're determined to go more often, especially when we have our little munchkin. Now we're all home and just chillin. I think Bruce is going to sleep for at least 2 days. I might just join him.