Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Outdoors of May

During the month of May we FINALLY hiked R Mountain!

We had been trying to go on a family hike for months, but with all the crazy random thunder and snow storms here in Spring, we ran into bad weather every time Jon had a day off work. Then miraculously on May 21st the stars aligned and we headed to the Buttes.

Margo was really excited to get out of the house.

The trailhead is about a 10 minute drive from where we live in Rexburg. Because the sunsets are around 9:30pm these days, we started our hike in the early evening (around 5pm) and still had plenty of sunshine. We brought snacks and water, and took the trail at a slow pace (about an hour up and an hour down).

Kate really enjoyed checking out the plants on the side of the trail, and picking up fists full of dirt to sprinkle on Margo.

Margo and Kate both did an excellent job considering how steep the trail gets. I only held Margo for a few minutes to give her little paws a break.

Jon and Kate stopped occasionally to check out some of the historic trail markers. It was fun to learn about the old school volcanic activity in the area that created the buttes we were hiking.

Parts of the trail were a bit slippery as we crossed over large rocks and at the end there is a section with chain railing to hold. Edwin was especially helpful at this part to make sure I didn't lose my footing.

The views were beautiful! Idaho is really gorgeous, and God's creations are incredible.

Checking out some rain to the West:

And we made it to the top!

Each day that we spend outside brings so many smiles! The Summertime sun has felt so nice, and we can really tell a difference in our whole day when we spend a little time enjoying it together as a family.

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