Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hiking with family

It is remarkably warm here at the ranch in contrast to the sub zero temps we had almost two weeks ago.  Typical of this area, we go from ten to 80 degrees in a very short time.  But I'm not complaining because we had a very mild winter compared to most people in the U.S.

Now the water problems are slowly being repaired, my house is returning to normal and the sunshine beckons us outdoors.  I've spent so much time trying to dig out of the piles of laundry and dishes left over from going without water in the house that I was really getting cabin fever.  So when we had our first warm day that wasn't windy (those days are few and far between February - May) our family decided to go arrowhead hunting for the first time in almost a year. 

We have to take the ranch dune buggy to the area we like to hike.  And when I say 'hike' let me clarify my version of hiking.  It really means walking on big rocks.  We live in terrain that is hard to really go hiking in because we're surrounded by things that will poke, cut or bite you. 

This will be the first time to take the Punkin since she has really started walking and it will be good to get her out in the rocks and get her used to it.  I have always carried her in a backpack,  but now that she is two she will be able to get around with her brother and sister, who navigate the rocks like little Auodads. 
Punkin is not as excited about walking around by herself as I thought she would be.  The grass is really high.

Thankfully her big sister likes to hold her hand and walk with her.  She loves to be a little mommy.  She babies Punkin more than any of us.

My son is little too adventurous and so most of my time was spent making sure he didn't fall and break his arm.  Our dog Diego never leaves his side.

We're only out and hour or two before someone starts crying for a diaper change, a snack or because one of them finally falls in to a cactus.  Daddy has taken all the whining he can stand and waits patiently in the dune buggy.

Now that Mommy has been outside to get her much needed Vitamin D, I feel much better.  Sometimes it just takes a little sunshine and exercise.


Rachel said...

I am very glad it has been warm down here too!!
I've been getting the yard prettied up, and watering the grass some. Next project is the garden... YAY! I've even gotten a slight sunburn... :)
Looks like fun!!

mountain mama said...

wow...answer the door with a shotgun?! thank you ever so much for your kind words on my post the other day! so nice to know somewhere someone is living a smiliar life to ours.

i would love to hear more!

it looks like ya'll had fun hiking! ohhh...that sunshine feels soo good!

God bless~

Jennifer said...

Our weather is the same way, -0 temps to 80 degrees. Crazy.
We like to hunt arrowheads too, when we get the chance!

mountain mama said...

i don't know about the laundry detergent and the grubby clothes yet. i usually use shout spray on stains...which isn't natural.

i seriously would love to know more about what you all do. between answering the door with a shotgun and doing hunters' laudry!

we moved here in Nov. to get a guest lodge ready to open in the spring. we literally have one person who lives close to us for 32 miles. life out here can be rough and i would love to have a friend in a similar situation.

God bless~

Dawn said...

Looks like a ton of fun!
Came through her through "Mountain Mamma"....and glad I did. Love linking up with other home school, country living families:)

Happy day to you:)

Sarah said...

I found your blog thru Prairie Mother. I love it. Looks like fun!

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