But we did come back. I'm breaking the timeline a bit here because I wanted you to see the whitewater in the background on both these photos. Were it a bit deeper, I could see some tubing going on but not here. The kids decided to try swimming when we returned and the water was icy cold. Kerry and I took the dogs out a ways to look for suitable spots for them but there are some holes in the rock containing stagnant water with interesting little insects in there. Had to prevent the dogs from drinking out of them. Under the water looked like a series of slabs or plates, that seemed pretty sharp to me and I didn't like the look of it for the kids playing in it. So after nibbling on a few chips and stretching our legs, Bear and Bettieann loaded up the truck and we the Tucson and we were gone.
By the time we parked, we divided off duties. Bettieann stayed with the vehicles, I followed Kerry as she grabbed Bella, Bear stayed with David as he took Tulip, Jake and the kids tried to get up there as quick possible but Jake would reconsider at about half-way up-hill and decided to get his iPod and start over again. I had a great time talking with Bear taking in the scenery as he got some great shots. We also helped another hiker take a personal photo. Speaking of personal pics, this one speaks volumes. Dave is trying to keep pace with Tulip as they continue the journey upward. There is something cute about a dog that stops and smells everything. That cuteness can wear off when you have a goal that she doesn't seem to be on board for and she can be a bit stubborn. Not exactly a jogging partner, there. Gotta love her. Dave has the Hawaiian swim shorts, polo shirt, gladiator-thing going on. You have to like the hiking shoes? Sandals may seem fun and easy to just slap on but so are Vans and moccasins and... they provide better traction and while letting less rocks in under your toes. But, lessons have to be learned, right?