We decided to go the same place we went last year (and the same place Connor and I have been on our trips) because big brother wanted to see some of the things little brother got to see last time. Rain prevented big bro from doing that last year.
|Trail-head of Goose Creek Trail
|Heading down from the trail-head
|New backpack for the wife
She also got a camel-back bladder. As I have mentioned (quite a bit), the kids really seemed to benefit last year from having water available without having to stop and drink from a bottle. My wife seemed to benefit from this as well. Now I am the only one in the family who carries and drinks from Nalgene Bottles while hiking. Old school.
|Heading up the trail
|Great view on day 1 hike
|Lunch in front of a cave
|Playing in the stream at campsite 1
After setting up camp and playing in the water awhile, we decided to walk up to the spot I mentioned that big brother wanted to see.
You may remember from previous backpacking posts, that in the late 1800's there was a work-camp in this area. They were attempted to build a damn. There are some old buildings and some old equipment laying around.
|Again, in the stream
I was able to show my youngest boy during Another Father and Son Backpacking Trip. Since my oldest was not with us, this is why we had to come back here this time.
|Old dam-making equipment
To add to the fun, this spot is a little difficult to get to. There used to be a metal ladder that helped get to this spot. This time it was gone, and we had to find our way over rocks and through cracks in some boulders. It was a bit of an adventure getting here this time.
|My favorite scenic spot on the trip
|Just the boys.
The boys did a video of the cave they found:
|Panoramic shot of huge rock formations
We actually made it to another awesome campsite in time for lunch. We ate.
This time, I had my kids (mostly my oldest son) set up the tent by themselves. I provided some pointers along the way, but they did a great job. Good to know I don't have to be involved with that part of setting up camp anymore.
Then, we explored up and down the creek.
Clouds started rolling in. As we had spent so much time and effort collecting firewood, we decided to put the wood in large black garbage bags we had brought to use as pack covers if needed.
The campfire was great that night.
The hike out was real easy. It took us about half an hour to get back to the minivan.
|Heading home over log bridges
Mom's new backpack did its job. I am glad we got her that. The new tent also performed awesomely and is the easiest tent to set up that I have ever owned.
|More nice scenery