Friday, March 21, 2008

Hitting the Trail

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


Amy said...

You gotta love springtime and the perfect weather! Love the picture of Kelly with that Julio growing out of her head. =)

jennifer said...

Next time, you guys gotta come with us. We are planning another day hike (I think in Sequoia) this June. We would love to have you and Thomas come again.

Coronado's said...

looks like lots of fun. I didn't realize that Fresno had a spring until we moved out here and spring consists of cactus getting a little taller! Love the pics.

How is Kelly doing? I haven't seen her in like 6 years.

Jeremy said...

Kelly's doing great! She's due in June. She's expecting a baby girl. We are all very excited for her.

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Jordan and Steffy said...

i love all the pics it looks so pretty out there! oh and i especially love the pic of the whole family at the top you guys look great!

Pollock Family said...

I can't believe Jeremy didn't fall over video taping! Love the NY pics too!!! How fun!

Heather said...

Wow first let me say that you guys are mean. This makes me want to be there! So beautiful! Second Jeremy I need to tell you that you scored. YOur lady looked like one hot mama in every picture on your trip! Well maybe not the hot dog one but every other! And third... I know this is a month late but I just wanted to say thanks for supporting us in Uganda. It was great to know we had friends out there praying and there for us. I just wanted to say thanks. H