Devils Backbone Hike/Mountain Bike…

On Friday the older 3 boys went on their first mountain biking trail with Clint. I got to hike with the 2 littles. We went to Devils Backbone early long before any crowds showed up or it got to warm. We all started from the same parking lot and Clint and the boys headed off…

Hanging Gardens

Our final hike on our trip was also in Page, Arizona. It was a great hike. It was called Hanging Gardens and we traveled along the red rocks and desert area up to a little overhang where the water collected along the rocks resulting in a little mini oasis of plants growing and flourishing. It…

Horseshoe Bend Hike

I’m still slowly working through blogging about our trip at the end of March. Since we weren’t able to go to the Grand Canyon with the pandemic and we were staying in Page, Arizona, we did the next best thing and hiked (really it was more of an easy walk) to Horseshoe Bend. We got…

The Ladies Are Home…

On Sunday I got my bees. Or I should say, Queen Adelaide and her girls arrived and are settled into their new home. I named her Adelaide because it means “of royal descent”. I have been reading about it and prepping for the past couple of years so I was super excited Sunday morning and…

Devils Backbone May Day Hike…..

So on Friday we needed a break from homeschool. We love homeschooling but with the added part of doing our homeschool enrichment program at home too we all needed a break. So we took off early for a gorgeous May Day hike. The kids pretty much ran most of the trail. We bike and walk…

Buck Tank Draw and Birthday Arch Hike

Not far from where we stayed in Northern Arizona just across the border into South Utah was a great little hike that we found. The hike was not easily found as it was just a little pull off the side of the road. We hike up the wash and climbed over rocks and cruised through…

April Blizzard….

Last Wednesday evening it started snowing and it continued through most of Thursday. When we woke up Thursday AM we had over 12 inches and a few more were added as the day went on. We got out and sledded a bit Thursday afternoon but the majority of our fun came Friday after we finished…

Rest Stops….

Traveling with kids is an adventure. And our kids do pretty well. Rest stops are a huge help though. And we don’t typically rest at the rest stops….we run and jump and climb and do whatever is needed to get some much needed energy out. Our trip to Arizona was no different. At one stop…

Lava Falls, El Malpais National Monument Hike

A little over an hour west of Albuquerque is El Malpais National Monument which is full of old lava fields and lava tubes and caves to explore. We learned about it from a friend at church and so after our hike at Riconada Canyon we headed out there. The road to the tubes and caves…

Riconada Canyon Hike Petroglyph National Monument

So before the state closed we snuck out of town. Initially it was to go to Leighton’s regional gymnastics meet in Albuquerque but that got cancelled but we had planned an entire week long trip around that and then had plans to visit 7-8 National Parks. We debated cancelling the trip but at the insistence…