We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Just to be the man, who walked a thousand miles and fall down at your door!

On the first day of hiking, we went all around the park trails, spending an especially long time at the frog creek watching tadpoles and floating frog eggs, then hiking up this ridge behind Lukas in the first picture previously (see trail on right side) and found huge rocks, pretty flowers, watched a hawk (which has a hook beak, says Lukas, which could eat us. I told him rest assured, mice taste better than people, so no worries.)
No rattlesnakes to be seen yet, but we know they're out there. What we DID see was this girl up on the top getting her modeling pictures taken by some guy. The essence of total self-consciousness as we were coming back down from the peak toward them, her with white body suit and tutu on as her friend coached her from the side. All a little much I thought. And, having left that industry years ago I kind of had a quick, dumb, knowing thought of, "Girl, with those tattoos blazing all over your back (and sadly backside too- that tutu could not have sunk low enough) and your shorter than 5'9" self, there's a far cry chance that this will work out" as she was awkwardly posing with her arms over her head, looking quite out of place, and ... yeah, just as awkward as a person could be up on a mountain ridge in high heels.

The second day was so sweet as we came up on the ridge and saw a family up there, just enjoying the view, each with a Bible in hand, and saw them later having a family scripture study at a picnic table in the park.
I guess that ridge is the place of good vs. evil lately, eh?  Then we met an ecologist who told us the names of most of the birds hanging out at the pond. See the Snowy Egret down there on the right? He's beautiful! There's a Great Blue Heron that comes here too and swallows Blue Gills whole- just like in the cartoons you can see it move all the way down its neck!

 I know, I know. Did you also notice he had the same shirt on twice? Gross after these trips, but it's a favorite shirt. Day three I drew the line. And got a better sun hat for the boy of white. Just look at our arms. The walk today was beautiful!  We got to see some lizards, some really pretty spider webs, and Lukas got to go poop in nature. Yep, a full day of fun.

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