Spring is a wonderful time in Fresno. Everyone knows how the summer can be, but spring time is awesome. The valley and foothills are green and covered in wildflowers.
Unfortunately, that will change in a couple of weeks when it all turns to yellow (or gold if you want to put a more positive flare on it). The weather here is perfect for hiking, so I recruited my oldest three, Matt and his three and Kelly and Julio who are in town for the weekend to go for a short hike at Squaw Leap.
We couldn't of asked for a better day. The Squaw Leap area (now called the San Joaquin Valley River Gorge) has a few trails for hiking. One of my favorite is a short hike down to a foot bridge and back. Growing up, Matt and I would mountain bike with our buddies in this area all the time. The trail gradually winds down to the bridge, making the return trip relatively enjoyable.
Trevor and Logan have done this hike with me a couple of times before, but this was Lizzie's first time, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well she did and how much she enjoyed herself. She loved to stop every 10 yards or so and write letters in the dirt with her "special rock".
Things were even better for her on the way back when she hitched a ride with her uncle Julio.
The kids had a good time exploring along the way stopping at the streams that we crossed
Once at the bridge, the kids took the time to soak in the view and find things to throw over the bridge.
It was a pretty spot to hang out
Lizzie and Ben take a few moments to have an important discussion on the bridge
Kelly, who is over six months pregnant, was a good sport for going along. Here she can be seen growing a Julio out of her forehead
We then began the trek back to the cars
The cousins had a great time together. I am always amazed at how well these guys do together considering how much time they spend together. When I was their age, Matt and I had each other in headlocks until we passed out. We still do that occasionally...
We ended the outing with ice cream cones at Lisa's Cafe. Good times, good afternoon
Check out the video below