|walking the Interpretive trail in the Children's National Forest|
|Lil' Miss finds her Christmas tree|
|Keller Peak Fire Lookout, 7882 ft|
Why do I always choose to go to whatever building is the tallest in the area when I am afraid of heights? It took a good ten minutes for me to climb up there, I had to stop halfway because my legs just got so weak I had to take a few minutes to gird myself for the final climb. Then once up there I couldn't stop shaking. I wasn't even able to go outside to take pictures of the incredible view. I did get a card certifying me as a member of the Honorable Order of Squirrels for managing to get up there!
Although Lil' Miss found the acorn in the middle of the path I did make her put it back down. We had a nice little discussion about how if everyone took a little of the forest with them then there would be none left for anyone else to enjoy. I explained we would take our memories and our pictures with us but no actual objects. She understood too well as the 'Mommy, please take a picture of insert object here' began!
|view of the high desert|
Yes, Lil' Miss is sniffing that tree. The trail guide suggested we do so, so the entire family leaned in for a good whiff to find out what it smelled like. Of all things it smelled just like vanilla, yum!
|requisite arty photo of a Mantilija poppy|
See, I even got some knitting in! I finished off the second skein of my Woodland shawl, finished Grumpy's Christmas present and started on one for my niece, surprisingly productive weekend as knitting goes. The rugrats were happy to get back home but definitely want to go back. Hopefully we will get up there this winter while there is still snow on the ground for some wintertime fun!