Saturday, July 9, 2011

hot springs hiking

Today we hiked up the canyon to the hot springs. In the nearly 7 years we've lived here, we've never done it. But it was worth the hike (despite the serious sulfur smell towards the end).

The hot springs were little pools of stinky hot water, some of them were man-made tubs, others were natural.

Ethan jumped right in, but the other kids were hesitant to touch the mossy stones at the bottom of the pool.

Eventually we all got in to soak for a while. The springs were beautiful, with waterfalls nearby and trees everywhere.

The big waterfall was a popular spot for people to hang out. It was crowded, and getting even busier as we hiked back down.

Ashley showed up for the hike wearing pink cowboy boots with her swimsuit. It was really cute :)

Once Ashley got over her fear of the slimy water, she and Ethan hung out for quite a while in the pools.

Chris and Josh decided to hike up to the top of the waterfall. It makes Josh look so small!

I love this picture of Josh looking up at Chris. So sweet and trusting!

Round trip, we hiked about 5 miles. They did great!

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