Saturday, August 4, 2007

Hie to Kolob: Ogden 3rd Ward Girls Go There and Back Again

Trailblazer and I led a group of girls from inner city Ogden. Most had never been hiking before. Every one of them finished the 3 1/2 mile hike around the Bicentennial Trail in North Fork and then hiked some more after lunch to visit the Beaver Ponds. We were helping out Artwoman Sheila (Cowboy's Art Teacher). I showed them plants along the trail. Yarrow, Mullein, Asters, Snowberry, Coneflower, Geranium, Gumweed to name a few. And many of those DYCs. (Darn Yellow Composites)
Trailblazer: "This is the meadow.....been bringing scouts up here for 20 years". (Now named Bicentenniel Meadow after the trail it's on)
Artwoman: "Now there's a painting!"
Trailblazer in his element leading the way. Look for that cowboy hat.
Trailblazer: "that moose rack was this big on one side"

Artwoman captured a snake, mortifying some of the girls.

Subway for beginners: Cutler Creek Culvert, no ropes required.
"Go towards the Light"

We all had a great time. Even Shanea who did the entire hike in flip flops. She found out that flip flops have no traction on muddy trails. She's the one grinning in the photo above. Later, we all went back to Fort Buenaventura and made gemstone bracelets on a Creation theme. Unfortunately, didn't get any photos of all the awesome bracelets. Not only did the memory card get misplaced, but the camera surrounding it. It finally showed up at the end of the night.


Sayyadina said...

That looks like a blast. Speaking as one who knows: you and Trailblazer are awesome parents, even to kids that aren't "yours". I'm so proud of you both.

Tristano said...

Looks like fun. It should give you some ideas for when your "point of choice" comes.

CowboyBob said...

The bishop, visible in a couple of the pictures, marveled at how much fun Dreampacker seems to have in the forest. Little does he know.

Bethany said...

Wonderful! I hope we never take for granted how great our parents are.

Desertbound said...

What awesome examples of service/teaching/sharing/leading and having fun!