i want to walk up the side of a mountain, i wanna walk down the other side of the mountain....
i wanna swim in the river and lie in the sun, i want to try to be nice to everyone...
if you ever want to fall bigtime in love with everyone you know, go backpacking with them.
for some reason, being out there together makes their beaming faces extra endearing and brave and beautiful.
bella is a champion hiker - limber and lively and spunky.
orion loves to eat! besides his own noodle bowl, he had tastes of everyone else's and did his happy dance accordingly.
so much beauty it swells up and flows through you and you know you are more alive than ever.
joey in front of a grove of his favorite trees, hemlocks.
wildflowers JUST beginning to poke up, usually by july they're abundant. i think it was extra special to see them at this stage. (my brothers are rad because they are obsessed with identifying flora and fauna; in turn i learn a lot)
beautiful happy earth mama:
even pops did a great job hiking!
we crossed many an alpine snowfield. i was not quite prepared for this, but took it in stride if i may say so myself. (on the way down two lady hikers commented that i was a "natural-born alpinist" which i was very excited about but laughed at the utter irony of it!)
the boys (darin, mikie, matt, jamie, joey) are champion hikers...i'm always looking at them from a distance behind, providing a grandly dramatic perspective...
especially here -
the little nature fam.
i had to cross in barefeet for better grip.
arriving at our remote camp, darin sets up our tent.
...and i get cozy!
and everyone gathers round to fix a hard-earned dinner that of course tastes ridiculously good up in the mountains.