All the kids have been involved in Vacation Bible School this week. This was Falyn’s first year being old enough to attend, as we was so excited! Talia and Kayli had fun being leaders and the boys enjoyed participating this week. At the end of the week they have a little show for the parents. Falyn was thrilled to be able to be on stage for the show and preformed like a pro. All in all, it was a great week.
Falyn made this birdfeeder at preschool. We finally got around to putting it out and filling it up with birdseed. The birds love it and Falyn loves watching them enjoy her feeder.
I took some pics with the underwater camera of the kids playing in the pool today. Here’s some of my favorites.
We made it back home in record time, stopping just one time along the way to get gas and lunch. Everyone was happy to be back home. After unloading the car, we all jumped into the pool. We had a great trip, but it is nice to be back home.
We had a late breakfast this morning then headed off to explore the village area. Dan, Talia, Kayli and Aidan went on a hike down Bright Angel Trail, while Grandma Nancy, Grandpa Ron, Jared, Riley, Falyn and I checked out all the shops. We were very glad we didn’t go on the hike, as a thunderstorm rolled in drenching everyone caught out in it. We got ice cream and sat on a covered patio area outside a shop to watch the rain. During a break in the rain, we spotted a California Condor. The one we spotted was number 33. Meanwhile, the hikers scrambled up against the side of the trail with a rock overhang above them protecting them somewhat from the rain. When the rain stopped, we continued to explore the village shops. We ended up at Verkamp’s Visitor Center just in time for the Ranger Porch Talk on the geology of the canyon. We were joined there by the hikers, who arrived just in time for the talk.
Talia, Kayli and Aidan head down Bright Angel Trail
Talia, Kayli and Aidan sheltering from the rain on Bright Angel Trail
Condor #33 in flight
Condor #33 resting
Talia and the Canyon
It’s raining, it’s pouring…
Canyon after the rain
We headed out early this morning to catch the bus out to Hermits Rest. We parked at the ranger station and took one bus to the Hermits Rest Transfer bus stop. We then got on another bus for the 45 minute ride out to Hermits Rest. We join Ranger Lexie for the Junior Ranger Adventure Hike down Hermit Trail. Ranger Lexie gave the kids the history of the canyon and at one point sent them off on a fossil hunt. Falyn the the twins really loved hunting for all the fossils listed on the sheets the Ranger handed out. You get a whole new perspective on the canyon when you walk down into it. I really think all visitors should hike down a trail into the canyon, even if it just for a short hike. After our hike, we caught the bus back, stopping at Hopi Point to take pictures of the Colorado River. We also got rained on at this stop. When we got back to camp, we found that the ravens had pecked into our watermelon! Everyone was tired from our long hike, so we spent a quiet evening at camp.
Waiting at the bus stop
On the bus
Made it to Hermits Rest
Ranger Lexie talking about the canyon
Looking for fossils
Hiking down Hermit Trail
Jared and Riley on Hermit Trail
Falyn taking a break
The boys taking a break
Talia and Kayli on Hermit Trail
View of Canyon from down the trail
We made it back to the top of the trail!
Waiting for the bus
At Hopi Point
What was left of the watermelon