Caidgen's been learning about the desert in school and so, NATURALLY he's been pointing out every cactus on the side of the road and telling us its history, as well as begging to go to the desert. So, Saturday that's just what we did. We took our dog Winnie and a new puppy that I rescued from the jaws of Hunt Highway one morning (I've since happily found his owners). One thing I love about where we live is that we have mountains all around us and beautiful hiking trails LITERALLY 5 minutes away.
Now, don't be alarmed by my nasty nakedness - I was desperate for some sun, anywhere I could get it. I LOVE being outside! I was just shocked that the pics reveal that my 11 week old baby is already popping out of my gut.
The kids had a blast, although our big hurdle of the day was convincing Caidgen that the Jumping Cacti (which are all over out there) were not actually going to JUMP on him from far away. That child has such an imagination. We walked across a wide, clear area of mostly dead plants for a minute and Caidgen was behind us all, muttering about being afraid of the "Cactus Graveyard." I wasn't sure if I should laugh or yell at him. Amie capitalized on his madness and declared all afternoon that she was not at all afraid of cactus, that she was quite a brave girl.
Blue went into Survivor mode and taught the kids to find landmarks as we hiked so they would know how to get home. Then he pretended not to know the way and made Caidgen guide us back. Cage fought through his fear and did a great job. :)